Borrow & Renew

COVID-19 updates as of July 28:

  • Borrowing books & materials: While we recommend using our online collections during the COVID-19 pandemic, we do still have print books! Each book listing in the new Library Search has a “Get it” section, where you can log in to place a request for pickup, on-campus delivery (available soon), or Interlibrary Loan. Once you place a request, library staff will be in touch by email to coordinate options and confirm it for you. Depending on the type of request, the time frame will vary, but most are filled within 48 hours. Find step-by-step instructions for submitting your requests here.
  • Returning books & materials: You may keep all items you’ve checked out for now. Find more information on returning library materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The content below may not currently apply, due to changes in services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please Ask the Library if you have questions about borrowing or returning materials at this time.


Patron Types

JMU Students | undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and continuing education students who are currently enrolled. The Libraries also offers resources for online students on the distance learning page.

JMU Faculty and Staff | faculty and staff currently working for JMU, or those holding emeriti status. Professors have the option to set up a sponsored student proxy checkout. Requests should be made in person at one of the library circulation desks.

JMU Alumni | As a JMU graduate, you can still access a number of Library resources, check our Resources for Alumni page for details.

Community Borrowers | Massanutten Regional Library patrons, Rockingham Memorial Hospital employees, Virginia state teachers. Community borrowers must be at least 16 years of age.

University Affiliates | Students from Bridgewater College, Blue Ridge Community College, or Eastern Mennonite University, and borrowers from participating VIVA institutions, with a current school ID.

Patron accounts can be created at the Ask the Library service desks at Carrier Library, Rose Library, or the Music Library. You must provide the appropriate identification, along with a valid photo ID.

Checking Out Materials

Item Type Loan Period Renewals
General collection items 4 Months Students and Community Borrowers = 2
Faculty and Staff = unlimited
Browsing Collection Books 4 Weeks Students and Community Borrowers = 2
Faculty and Staff = unlimited
Periodicals, Reference books & Collected edition scores 4 Days No Renewals
Audio & Video 4 Weeks Students and Community Borrowers = 2
Faculty and Staff = unlimited
CSD Tests Students = 4 days
Faculty/Staff = 4 months
Students and Community Borrowers = none
Faculty and Staff = unlimited

You may check out items at the Ask the Library desks in each library location using your JACard (JMU Access Card) or other photo ID.

If we don’t have an item that you need, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Returning and Renewing Items

Returning Items

Books and media may be returned to any JMU Library location during operating hours. You may also return these items at any time to one of three book drops:

  • Rose Library: drive-up book drop, located on Alumni Drive
  • Carrier Library: walk-up book drop, located behind Burruss Hall
  • Carrier Library: outside book drop, located near the south entrance

All equipment rentals should be returned to the library location from which they were originally checked out.

Renewing Items

  1. Log in and use My Account
  2. Email
  3. Reply to courtesy email notices
  4. Call 568-6150 during open hours
  5. Visit a service desk with your JACard or a valid photo ID



Types of Fines

Patron Type Overdue Fine Item Account Blocked
JMU Students, Community, and University Affiliate borrowers $0.25/hour or $1.00/day Periodicals, Reference Books, Collected Edition Scores, Accessories, Kits, & CSD tests once borrower has accrued $20.00 in fees.
JMU Faculty and Staff $1.00/day Periodicals, Reference Books, Collected Edition Scores, Accessories, Kits, & CSD tests once borrower has accrued $200.00 in fees

Lost and Billed Items: Items not returned before the following billing thresholds will be declared lost and a non-refundable billing fee of $10 per item will be charged.

Item Type Time to Billing After Due Date
Books (4 month check out) 40 days
Audio Recordings and DVDs 20 days
Reserve items (4 hr. check out) 10 days

Borrowers will receive one email billing notice once the item has reached the billing threshold.

Replacement Fine: Items are considered lost after the maximum number of overdue notices have been sent to the borrower. A replacement fee of $115 will be charged to the borrower’s account until replacement options have been decided upon.

Repair Fine: When materials are returned damaged, borrowers may be responsible for repair fees. These will be assessed individually by item.

Non-Returned Recall Item Fine: Library borrowers are given three days past the new due date to return recalled items without paying a fee. On the fourth day, recall fees accrue at $1.00 per item, and $0.25 for each additional day that the item is not returned.

To discuss replacement and repair options, please email

Fine Payments

All fines owed to the Libraries can be paid in the following manner:

In Person

At Carrier and Rose Libraries | check, cash, or Flex
During regular open hours.

By Mail

Checks should be made out to James Madison University and mailed to:

Carrier Library, MSC 1704
James Madison University
880 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Fine Appeals

If you have been charged for the replacement of a library book and wish to appeal the fine, please complete the following form. In order to be considered, appeals must be submitted by the Library Borrower within 60 days of receiving notice of the fine. Each appeal is assessed on an individual basis. Fines that have already been submitted to the University Business Office will not be considered for appeal.

Equipment Lending

Equipment Loans

Innovation Services and the Music Library offer loans of digital, video, and other electronic equipment to JMU Students, Faculty, Staff, and Affiliate borrowers on our equipment loans page.

Accessories and Kits

We loan computer accessories, such as headphones and display adapters, and more from the service desks at each library location. These should be returned to the library location from which they were checked out. Overdue fines will be applied accordingly.


Need to charge your laptop? The Libraries offer charging lockers for you to securely charge your laptop.

Library Delivery

Any registered borrower may request that circulating books and media be delivered to a more convenient location for check out.Deliveries will be made twice a day, Monday through Friday. There are no deliveries on the weekend or when the University is closed.

To request items for delivery:

1. Go to the JMU Library Catalog.

2. Log in to the catalog with the below button labeled Log In:

3. After logging in choose a search from the list:

4. Locate the item you wish to request.

5. Use the Request button in the catalog tool bar.

6. Fill in your desired delivery location, note the other options on the form, and click the Submit button:

Library Pick-up

JMU Students, Faculty, and Staff may request items be delivered to any of the Libraries locations.

Departmental Mailbox Pick-Up

JMU Faculty, Staff, and Doctoral students who have their departmental mailbox listed in MyMadison may request items be delivered to their departmental mailbox.

Electronic Delivery

For electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters, a request can be submitted through our Interlibrary Loan Service.
Most deliveries are processed within 24-48 hours. There are no deliveries on the weekend or when the University is closed.

Interlibrary Loan Logo

Off-Site Requests

Microforms, microfiche, VHS, pre-1980 journals, and all LPs are located off-site. Requests for these items may be made online using the Storage Request Form or in person at the Ask the Library service desk in Carrier or Rose Library.

Items will be delivered to the requested library location within 48 hours of request. You will receive an email notice when your item is ready for pick up.


Still have questions?

Fill out one of our online forms to appeal fines, report missing items, or report issues with your Library account.

Don’t find what you’re looking for? Visit the Ask the Library page for further help!