Collection Types

Physical Collections

Our physical collections are available across several locations including two main libraries, Carrier and Rose, as well as the Music Library and the ETMC:

General collection items
Books and music scores that checkout under our standard loan period.

Browsing Collections (temporarily unavailable)  Select titles and best seller books and DVDs are available in the Carrier and Rose library commons.

Course Reserves
Find materials on hourly reserve for your course, or place a request for reserves.

Journals, magazines, and newspapers are housed in Carrier Library, Rose Library, and in off-site storage. Our Periodical Locator provides searches by title, citation, or subject.

Reference books
Reference books are provided in designated quiet zones in Carrier, Rose, and Music libraries. Call number ranges match those of the general collections in each library.

Collected edition scores
Complete works of various composers are among the collections provided by and housed at the Music Library.

Audio & Video
Our physical collection of audio and video are on CDs located in the Music Library and DVDs located in Carrier Library. Both can be requested for delivery from the item’s catalog record.

CSD Tests
A variety of Communication Sciences and Disorders diagnostic tests are available at Carrier Library.

We have a variety of periodicals, journals, and newspapers that are contained in microform formats. All materials are in the Periodical Locator, generally located in our off-site storage facility and are available via the off-site request form. We provide two microform readers in Carrier Library connected to computers for viewing, scanning, and printing microforms. If you will be saving scanned versions of your documents, it is recommended that you bring a USB flash drive to store your work.
For assistance finding or using these materials, please ask at the Ask the Library Desk in Carrier or Rose Library, or contact us via chat, email or phone.

Government documents
While most of our government documents are accessed through our online databases, a small physical collection is available in Carrier Library.

Juvenile Collection
Available in Carrier Library Stack Level 2. (This is a temporary location; their permanent location is in the ETMC in Memorial Hall.)

Special Collections
Whether unique, rare, or to be handled with care, you’ll find access to and expertise for these primary source materials in Special Collections in Carrier Library.

Online Collections

Available to check out online with a valid JMU login, view our subject guide for more information.

Scholarly Commons
Our repository for research and scholarly output done at JMU.

Streaming Media
Audio and video titles are available streaming online.  You may also request that we stream media for your course.

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
Chat with a library staff through the virtual chat feature, or email us with questions about borrowing, requesting and renewing materials.

Liaison Librarians
Consult directly with the Liaison Librarian for your academic subject area.

Collections and Scholarly Resources
Learn more about our collection management, statistics and programs.

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