Online, Blended, and Distance Learning

Online and blended learning programs include online courses, blended 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 JMU students and faculty, in off-campus locations, with the same excellent library services that are available to the campus community.

Here is your starting place for guidance and support for course and curriculum design and development.

Quality Framework for Online and Blended Course and Curriculum Design and Development:

Faculty Learning Opportunities:

Services and Support

This JMU Libraries’ service has the purposes of:

      1. Accepts requests for materials that are integral to your teaching goals and not supplementary or optional for those goals and for your students.
      2. Reviews your request for Canvas use of audio/video media that we own, or you own, and if approved provides access in the streaming form within your course site.

These sources contain material that is available under Creative Commons, Public Domain, or JMU license.

Canvas Learning Management System

Video Management Services: Find out how JMU Libraries’ video management services can help your video hosting and publish for online and blended courses.

More library resources and services can be accessed at the JMU Libraries web site. Read on to find resources that students who cannot come to the Harrisonburg campus will find particularly useful.

For information about online and distance learning policies, enrollment, programs, and other resources, please visit JMU Online and Distance Learning at

Research Help

Research Guides

Get help finding books, research databases, journals, websites, and other resources for your research. Research 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 setup 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 the delivery of JMU-owned materials.

Before placing requests be sure to:

  • Fill in your complete home address
  • Choose DISTANCE LEARNER as your delivery location

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.

VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program

JMU participates in the state-wide cooperative borrowing program, allowing you to use your JACard to directly check-out materials from participating institutions. Please visit the program’s website ( to find your local participating academic library.