Graduate Student Services

Graduate students, we are here to support you as you learn, research, create, and play at JMU! If you’re a teaching assistant or instructor this semester, visit our Services for Faculty page to learn how we can support you as you use technology in your teaching. Not a grad student? Switch over to our resources for undergrads, faculty, staff, or visitors and alumni.

We’re here to help you:

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Explore library spaces

Library locations

Find your favorite spots to study in our library locations or other JMU buildings. Check out this brief video tour of our library spaces: Rose Library, the Music Library, the ETMC, and JMU Libraries Express.

Group study rooms

Reserve a group study room to study with your friends or meet with your group. Or use one of the non-reservable, “first-come, first-served” group study rooms.

Coffee and food

Rose Library features a Starbucks café. Visit the JMU Dining site for their service hours.

Best places to study

Get a photo tour of the top places to study in the Libraries. You can also use this interactive map to explore the study spaces across campus!

Fun things to do in JMU Libraries

Learn about our Community Seed Library, book displays, and more in Fun Things to Do in JMU Libraries.

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Find books, articles, and more

Search our collections

Use Library Search to find books, e-books, articles, videos, music, and more. Learn what is included in Library Search results. Visit our online resources page for details on accessing databases, e-books, streaming video, and more. If you can’t find what you need, Ask the Library or contact the liaison librarian for your degree program.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

When you need a book, article, or other resource that’s not in JMU’s collections, request it from Interlibrary Loan. We do our best to use the global network of libraries to get it to you, quickly and free of charge.

Delivery service

Use our delivery service to request items ahead of time for pickup at any library location.

Course reserves

If your instructor has placed a shortened checkout period on high-use books/items for your class, search for it in Course Reserves.

Newspaper subscriptions

Access the New York Times and Wall Street Journal through our subscriptions. Looking for other news sources? View our full list of news-related databases.

Read for fun

Check out our Fun Reads and Movies guide!

Special Collections

Special Collections is our home for rare and unique materials, with a focus on the history of JMU and the Shenandoah Valley.

Online resources

Learn more about using e-books, streaming video, databases, journals, and more on our online resources page.

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Get help with library research

Research guides

Find the best resources related to specific subjects or JMU courses in helpful online guides, created by JMU librarians.


To get help finding resources for a paper or assignment, contact a liaison librarian. Liaison librarians specialize in specific JMU programs to provide expert help with your research. Watch this short video to learn more.


Manage your citations with Zotero and learn about citing sources in your writing. Check out the Writing Center in SSC for more writing help and resources!

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Get tech support

Connect from off campus

Get instructions for connecting from off-campus to use the Libraries’ online resources.

Use Canvas and Zoom

Learn how to get started with Canvas and how to use Zoom at JMU. If you’re a teaching assistant (TA), please review our Teach with Canvas page and this FERPA information about privacy laws for handling student data. The JMU IT Help Desk provides tech support for Zoom and more.

Printing, scanning, and software in the libraries

Learn about the Libraries’ printers, scanners, and software.

Personalized support for using JMU’s educational technologies

We can help students use JMU’s educational technologies such as Canvas, TurnItIn, and Respondus. The JMU IT Help Desk provides tech support for Zoom and more.

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Develop skills in research, publishing & more

Statistics, research methods, and data management

Plan and conduct your research with our Qualitative Data Analysis and Quantitative Data Analysis guides. Try Sage Research Methods to learn about statistics and research methods. Prepare to manage your research data with our Data Management guide.

Publishing and copyright

We provide holistic support for scholarly communications across JMU, offering consultations in copyright, author rights, open publishing, and more.


Manage your citations with Zotero and learn about citing sources in your writing. Check out the Writing Center in SSC for more writing help and resources!


We offer workshops on sewing, podcasting, research, and many other library and technology-related topics.

LinkedIn Learning

Our subscription to LinkedIn Learning gives you access to streaming video tutorials on over 2,000 courses in 3D animation, audio, business, design, development, photography, video creation, web design, and much more. 

JMU Scholarly Commons

The JMU Scholarly Commons is an open-access institutional repository for sharing your scholarship worldwide, increasing its visibility and reach.

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Feed your creativity


Create, tinker, craft, invent, and discover new skills in our makerspace in Rose Library. Try our 3D printers, sewing machine, laser cutters, art supplies, and more in The Makery, located on the first floor of Rose. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are available to help you with academic and personal projects to foster your creativity.

Multimedia equipment

We offer an array of digital media tools and facilities, including a narration room and creative media software. You can also borrow equipment such as cameras, microphones, and camcorders. Our Music Library also offers equipment to check out.

Free images and videos

Find audio, image, and video resources that you can freely use!

We’re here to help! Ask the Library.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. Visit a service desk or use our Ask the Library page, and we’ll be happy to help.