Keep Your Library Books & Other Library Materials For Now (Updated July 28)

Posted on: July 28, 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. Everyone with JMU Libraries materials or ILL items may keep their library items for now. This includes students who graduated in May 2020, or anyone who does not know whether or when they might return to campus.

However, if you prefer to return your library materials now, you may do so.

Returning books via book drops or 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

Returning equipment

You may now return equipment you have checked out in Carrier Library, during Click & Pickup service hours. 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.

October 1, 2020 is currently the earliest possible due date for books/materials checked out from another library’s collection via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Please email with questions about your ILL materials.

September 7, 2020 is currently the earliest possible due date for books/materials checked out from JMU Libraries’ collections. Materials checked out from our collections will be due on the date indicated in your library account, which should be September 7 or later. You may request to renew books/materials via your library account. Please Ask the Library if you have questions about due dates or renewals.

We’re also deferring any billing for lost items 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.

Borrowing books: Click & Pickup

As of June 22, JMU Libraries is checking out books and other physical materials from JMU Libraries’ collections via Click & Pickup, our new contactless pickup service.

We are offering this temporary service to JMU students, staff, and faculty (as well as Community Borrowers) in an effort to provide expanded access to our physical collections, while fostering community health and prioritizing the safety and health of the Libraries’ staff members who will be processing requests. Learn more.

More information

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

Originally published on March 23. Updated on July 28, 2020 with new information about returning equipment.

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