JMU Libraries for Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning programs include online courses, off-campus courses, study abroad programs, the Washington semester program, remote practicum assignments, and similar off-campus learning experiences for credit. Our goal is to provide remote JMU students and faculty with the same excellent library services that are available to the campus community.

The JMU Libraries web site is your starting place for library resources and services. Read on to find resources that students who cannot come to the Harrisonburg campus will find particularly useful. These guidelines on accessing JMU Library resources were created for faculty who are designing distance learning courses.

Research Help

Subject Guides
Get help finding books, research databases, journals, websites, and other resources for your research. Subject and course guides are created by JMU Librarians.

Ask the Library
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Liaison Librarians
If you want more in-depth help than the Subject Guides and Ask the Library offer, consult directly with your Liaison Librarian, a subject expert assigned to your academic department.

Books, Articles, Videos, and More

Connect to JMU's Online Resources from Off Campus
You can get to almost all our online journals and electronic resources from off-campus! Once you've followed the set up instructions, visit the JMU Libraries home page and start your research.

Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)
Request article copies from other libraries and we will email them to you, wherever you are.

Document Delivery Service
Using the Interlibrary Loan form, request books and articles from JMU to be sent to you. Materials owned by the JMU Libraries will be sent to you within two days. Most articles can be delivered electronically.

To qualify for the distance learner document delivery service you must be a JMU instructor or student registered in a JMU distance course and currently living greater than 50 miles from campus.JMU students at home on summer break and not currently enrolled in a JMU course are not eligible for the distance learner document delivery service. Distance learning students studying outside the U.S. are only eligible for delivery of JMU owned materials.

Before placing requests be sure to:

Contact ILL staff at interlib@jmu.edu or 540.568.6804 with any questions about delivery services. Return all borrowed items to Carrier Library on time (allow time for return delivery) with UPS label and shipping pack provided. Remember to change your delivery location and enter a local address when you return to campus.