General Terms of Use for Electronic Resources

Revised May 2021

JMU Libraries contracts with vendors, publishers, and multimedia producers to provide authorized users with access to thousands of electronic resources. In addition, JMU Libraries offers access to resources purchased by the state consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). Public, government, and other open access resources are made available on the Libraries website, as well.

Authorized users generally include anyone with an active JMU eID: current faculty, staff, students, and affiliates. Alumni are not authorized users at this time. Walk-in users to the libraries can access many licensed electronic resources; please visit a library service desk to obtain a login.

The use of scripts, agents, or robots to automate mass downloading and distribution is generally prohibited. Commercial resale of licensed content is also prohibited. Please review the specific platform’s terms of use or contact your liaison librarian if you have questions about what is permitted.

If license terms are violated by any user, the vendor has the right to temporarily suspend access for the individual or for the entire university community. In some cases, licenses may be permanently revoked.

JMU Libraries advocates for privacy-protective licenses. More information can be found in our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions regarding proper use of a resource, Ask the Library.

Source(s) of Authority: Director, Scholarly Resources & Discovery; Manager, Resource Access