Keep Your Library Books & Other Library Materials (For Now)

Posted on: May 21, 2020

You are not required to return any books, equipment, or other materials that you’ve borrowed from JMU Libraries or Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at this time. Anybody with JMU Libraries materials or ILL items (including students who graduated in May, or anyone who does not know whether or when they might return to campus) may keep their library items until further notice.

Materials will not be due until after the JMU Libraries facilities re-open. However, if you prefer to return your library materials now, you may do so via mail or our book drops.

Book drops and returning by mail

You may return JMU Libraries’ books or ILL books in our book drops on campus.

If you would like to return items to us by mail, you can mail them to Carrier Library (Attn: Public Services), 880 Madison Drive MSC 1704, Harrisonburg VA 22807.

Please keep any equipment you have checked out until we re-open. Please do not return equipment in our book drops or by mail.

Due dates, holds, etc.

We have extended due dates for all materials currently checked out. We will continue updating due dates so that they extend one week beyond the anticipated re-opening of our facilities.

We’re also deferring any billing or automated notices during this time, and are being generous when considering inquiries on a case-by-case basis.

If you had put any item on hold before the Libraries physical locations closed, they will stay on hold for you until we re-open.

Library delivery and borrowing

Library delivery services and other book/item borrowing services are on hold as long as the Library locations are closed. Read more about how we can help you if you require access to print books.

The only physical items we are currently checking out are equipment items for faculty.

Until borrowing and delivery services resume, you can Ask the Library for help accessing books, or use a wide variety of our online library materials, which are available from off campus.

More information

You can check your patron account online. We are here to address any of your questions or concerns at or Ask the Library.

Originally published on March 23. Updated on May 21, 2020 by Kristen Shuyler.

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