JMU Libraries’ Conduct Policy

This policy defines appropriate use of JMU Library spaces in order to maintain a safe, pleasant and productive environment for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Those who fail to comply with these policies may be asked to modify their conduct or leave the building. Campus security may be contacted if necessary.

Appropriate Use of Public Workstations

Priority use of the workstations in the JMU Libraries is given to users engaged in research and academic activities. Community researchers are welcome to use designated workstations but may be subject to time limits and availability.

Users are expected to follow the University’s Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources (Policy 1207). Criminal use is expressly forbidden.

Food and Drink Policy

No food or drink is permitted in the Libraries until further notice. Masks are required at all times. Learn more about how to use the Libraries’ facilities in academic year 2020-21.

Noise Policy

The JMU Libraries provide a range of study and work environments. There are quiet areas for individual study as well as spaces appropriate for group work. Quiet zones are designated in each building. Please refer to posted signage. In all library spaces, please keep conversations at a moderate volume and be considerate of those around you.

Soliciting in the Libraries

Library facilities may not be used for solicitation of faculty, staff, or students by private enterprise for-profit organizations, except for solicitations for instructional materials as permitted by the Student Handbook. This includes solicitation by individual contact, free advertising on campus through flyers, posters, or similar materials, and profit/non-profit-oriented activities not officially sanctioned by the university. This policy conforms to JMU Policy 3104 (6.3).

Alcohol and Tobacco Policy

The libraries are alcohol-free and tobacco-free facilities. This prohibits the use of alcohol, cigarettes, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, and juuls in the library or on our front patio. Individuals suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be permitted access.


Please visit an Ask the Library desk or contact us via chat, email or phone.