JMU Libraries for Distance Learners

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.

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)
Using the Interlibrary Loan form, you can request books and articles to be sent directly to you. Materials owned by JMU Libraries will be sent to you within two business days of the request. If you request a book that is not in the JMU Libraries collection, your request will be shipped promptly after JMU Libraries receives and processes the book. Most articles can be delivered electronically, regardless of whether they come from JMU or another library. JMU Libraries also offers a document delivery service, which is a convenient way to receive electronic copies of JMU-owned print articles.

To qualify for distance learner library services, you must be a JMU instructor or JMU student registered in a JMU online 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 distance learner services. 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 or (540) 568-6804 with any questions about delivery services. Return all borrowed items to Carrier Library on time (allow time for return delivery) using the pre-paid UPS label and shipping pack provided. Remember to change your delivery location and enter a local address when you return to campus.