Checkout and Renewal Policy

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Carrier & Rose Libraries

Checking out books

Loan Period
Overdue Fines?
Undergraduates 3 Weeks Unlimited Five $0.25 per book 
per day
Graduate Students 18 Weeks Unlimited Two $0.25 per book 
per day
Faculty *, Doctoral Students, and Staff 18 Weeks Unlimited Two None
Local Colleges (BC, BRCC, EMU), Community Borrowers (Massanutten Regional Library patrons and Rockingham Memorial Hospital Employees), and State Teachers 3 Weeks Maximum of 6 books One $0.25 per book 
per day

Use your JMU Access Card (JAC) to check out items. The public is welcome to use JMU Libraries’ resources, but must meet the following criteria before checking out material.

* Faculty may give permission for a sponsored student to check out materials on their library accounts. One-time use permission can be given by the professor in written notice that can be sent with the student. Ongoing permission must be given by the professor in person at the Circulation Desk of Carrier Library, Rose Library, ETMC in Memorial Hall or the Music Library. Proxy permission will expire July 31 of the current year; the professor must request an earlier expiration. The professors must resubmit their requests for successive academic years. Upon check-out the sponsored students will be required to provide their own IDs and the professor's name. The professors are responsible for any materials on their records checked-out out by their proxies. Spouses can borrow materials according to the Community Borrower Policy.

For more information please check at the Public Services/Information Desk on the first floor.

Returning Books

All library materials may be returned to any JMU Library location during operating hours. Books and media from any JMU Library may also be returned at any time via the drive-up book depository near Rose Library, located on Alumni Drive or the one near Carrier Library, located behind Burruss Hall. When the Libraries are closed, books may also be returned via Carrier Library's outside depository (located near the end of the building to the left of the glass entrance).

Renewing Books

Books may be renewed:

Requesting / Holding Books

Books currently checked-out may be requested by another borrower who has proper identification. Place "hold requests" using the JMU Library Catalog.

Recalling Books

JMU Libraries may request books be returned after a minimum usage of 3 weeks, or immediately if needed for Course Reserves.  Borrower will be notified by email of new due date. Fines begin accruing on the 4th day after the new due date.

Fine Policy

Borrowers are given 3 days past the due date to return books without paying fines. On the 4th day overdue, fines are assessed at $1.00 per book. Each additional day overdue is $.25 per book. Patrons that return damaged items may be subject to repair or replacement fees. Undergraduate and graduate students are blocked from checking out materials when their fines reach $10. Faculty, staff, and doctoral students are blocked at $100. Carrier and Rose Libraries accept cash, check, and Flex payments in person. Checks made payable to JMU may be mailed directly to the JMU Libraries.

Lost Books

Replacement and processing fees are charged for books declared lost by the borrower, or not returned within 40 days after the due date. To discuss replacement options, please contact the JMU Libraries.

Current and Bound Periodicals

All patrons may use periodicals in the library. Periodicals may be checked out by Doctoral Students, Faculty, and Staff for a limited time period.

Journals and Other Items in Storage

Requests to retrieve items from "Storage" may be made online (click here for form), or in person at the Carrier Public Services Desk. These items are stored off-site and are retrieved daily between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please allow up to 72 hours for retrieval of these items.

My Account

The "My Account" function on the JMU Library Catalog allows you to see the due dates of items you have checked out, track hold requests, see fines owed, renew items, and track reading history.