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John Burton Library

Find the information and resources you need to complete a course, write a paper, or give a report from University Libraries and the John Burton Library.

The John Burton Library and Resource Center with its dedicated focus on conflict analysis and resolution provides the Carter School community information on the University, research services, study tools, Carter School archives, and rare sources from the Field. This private, donation-based library located at the heart of the Carter School on the Arlington Campus, is a place where the community comes together to learn.

John Burton LIbrary Catalog

John Burton

Lending Policies

Loan Period:

  • Books — four weeks
  • Technology — three weeks
  • Renewals — up to three times a semester

Overdue Fees:

  • Books — $1 per week
  • Technology — $2 per week

Returning Books

The Burton Library is independent from the University Libraries system. Returning a book to the incorrect library may result in fines.

Seriously overdue items may result in a block on your accounts, which might affect your ability to register or graduate.

Students And Staffers at the Burton Library

Carter School students and faculty talk about "Current News Through a Conflict Resolution Lens" in the John Burton Library at the Arlington Campus.

University and Consortium Libraries

Carter School students' main sources for research are the University Libraries, which consists of four facilities across Mason's three campuses. These sites provide access to more than 6 million print and electronic resources.

Students can search the University Libraries' catalog for books, media, databases, newspapers, and journals. Books, media, and microfiche can be delivered to any university campus through the University's Inter-campus Loan service. Materials not available at the University Libraries can be requested through the Washington Research Library Consortium, (WRLC) or Interlibrary Loan.

WRLC items are usually delivered within two to three business days. Students also have access to materials in Arlington, D.C., and Fairfax libraries, as well as the WorldCat, and Library of Congress catalogs.

Technology and Tools

The Burton Library can help students check out video equipment, and provide preliminary training. Available equipment includes:

  • Audio recorders
  • Video equipment
  • Projectors
  • Stands, tripods
  • USB foot-pedals for transcription assistance software
  • Scanners

Office Supplies

  • The Arlington Campus Copy Center in Founders Hall Room B114, will print and bind e-readings into a course pack from thumb drive files for a few cents a page
  • Photocopiers are available near the Dean's office and in the Burton Library and use Mason Money cards (either your ID card or a copy card).
  • Computers, scanners and some printers are available in the Burton Library and on campus.
  • Office equipment such extra-large hole punchers and staplers are available in the Burton Library.

Special Collections

Founders of the Field have contributed their works to the Carter School and Mason. The University Libraries Special Collection and Archives houses Carter School related special collections. The Burton Library also has books and papers donated by several founders and hosts the Parents of the Field video collection and the Zones of Peace database.

Carter School Theses and Dissertations can be found via:

Contact or Visit Us

The Burton Library is on the fifth floor of the Vernon Smith Hall, (formerly the Metropolitan Building) on the Arlington Campus. Staffed hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact us at 703-993-1301.