JMU Libraries supports JMU and community organizations and groups by providing the use of library facilities and spaces for events and outreach efforts. JMU Libraries has been pleased to support a range of events including interdisciplinary panels, voter registration tables, and more.
Interested in requesting use of library spaces for your group or organization? Explore our policies and procedures below.
Please contact Ask the Library if you have any questions!
Purpose of JMU Libraries’ Facilities
JMU Libraries facilities are intended to provide a variety of quiet, collaborative, and technology-mediated spaces for student and faculty study and research; to support programming offered by JMU Libraries and the Center for Faculty and Innovation (CFI); to provide access to collections; and to preserve and protect collections for future users.
JMU Libraries welcomes JMU and community organizations and groups to request use of library facilities and spaces, in keeping with our mission: “to engage with JMU’s diverse communities in their creation and search for knowledge through academic resources, physical and virtual spaces, and educational and research services.”
JMU Libraries is eager to provide access to our spaces for activities that meet our criteria, as described below. However, library facilities are not full-service event or conference spaces. JMU Libraries cannot provide set-up assistance, hosting, equipment support, tech support, or other type of event support. Groups seeking full-service event support should contact JMU Event Management.
No fees are charged for groups approved to use library facilities.
Applicability of the Facilities Use Policy
This policy applies to the use of facilities in JMU’s Rose Library and Carrier Library for special events organized by JMU groups, staff, faculty, students, student organizations, or by local community groups.
This policy also applies to JMU groups, community groups, or individuals who want to request space in Rose or Carrier Libraries to host an information table, put out charitable collection bins, or initiate filming or photography activities in the library facilities.
Spaces covered by this policy include the following, below:
- Entrance foyer
- Café area
- Flex space
- Entrance foyer
- Historic Lobby
- Café area
This policy does not apply to library group study rooms, library instruction, JMU courses, exam proctoring, or events hosted or co-sponsored by JMU Libraries or CFI.
- Looking for information on group study rooms? Group Study Rooms are intended for JMU students and/or faculty working in small groups. See Book a Group Study(JMU login required) for information on these smaller, self-serve spaces.
- Interested in library instruction, information literacy instruction, or library orientation for JMU students? You can contact the liaison librarian for the relevant academic department to discuss library instruction options.
- Interested in working with Innovation Services on a class session? Contact an instructional designer or fill out this Custom Instruction form.
- Looking for a classroom? Classes are not held in a library facility on a regular basis. Contact the Registrar’s office for information on classrooms on campus. or contact JMU Computing to reserve a computer lab.
- Need an exam proctored? You may be able to have an online exam proctored at the JMU Assessment and Testing Center. Library staff are not able to proctor exams, nor can they sign documents verifying a student’s presence in the library or documents for extra credit.
- JMU Libraries and CFI programs and events have priority use for library spaces.
Facilities Use Policy Statement
JMU Libraries welcomes community organizations and JMU-related organizations and groups to request use of its facilities and may grant permission when the proposed event meets all of these criteria:
- Is for non-commercial use
- Will be held during regular facility open hours
- Will not interfere with Libraries-sponsored or CFI-sponsored programs and services
- Will not disrupt the library’s research and study environment or JMU Libraries operations
- Follows the guidelines in this policy
All facility use requests are evaluated individually. In addition to the required criteria above, considerations in evaluating a request may include:
- Availability of space.
- Frequency of space use requests by the same group or organization.
- Total length of the space use request.
- Time of academic year of the space use request. JMU Libraries facilities are not available for event requests during JMU exam weeks.
- Whether the request is for one date or multiple dates. JMU Libraries facilities may not be used for regular, recurring meetings such as faculty meetings.
- The number of events in the facility at the time requested. JMU Libraries will determine the allowed number of events to be operated simultaneously in JMU Libraries facilities, and we do not guarantee one group sole use of the facilities except in the specific room/location(s) granted for the event’s use.
- The request’s alignment with JMU’s or JMU Libraries’ mission, vision, and/or values.
When the request was submitted. JMU Libraries requires that requests be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the proposed event so that JMU Libraries staff have enough time to evaluate the request and communicate with the event organizers.
JMU Libraries is committed to the ideals of intellectual freedom and to maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for the entire JMU community. JMU Libraries reserves the right to deny permission for space usage based on content, communications, or behaviors determined to be disruptive or those that may create an unsafe working environment. Permission to use JMU Libraries facilities does not signify that JMU Libraries or JMU endorses the content presented at an event or the beliefs of the group or organization using the spaces.
In accordance with all applicable local, state, or university laws, JMU Libraries does not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, creed, ancestry, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, when making decisions about requests to use facilities.
Permission to use facilities is revocable and does not constitute a lease. JMU Libraries reserves the right to pre-empt any scheduled events for JMU Libraries or CFI use if needed.
Determination of whether a request meets these criteria will be at the sole discretion of JMU Libraries. JMU Libraries has the right to decline any event based upon such determination. All decisions on space usage requests by JMU Libraries staff are final.
Additional information for requests to film and photograph:Filming and photography in library facilities is permitted for class projects but must not be disruptive to other library users. Students should alert JMU Libraries staff of their presence in the library before filming. Photography or filming for non-academic purposes may be granted on a case by-case basis; follow the Process for requesting permission for library facilities use to submit a request. Photography or filming for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited. Permission to use images in filming is the responsibility of the person filming and JMU Libraries takes no responsibility for how images are used.
Additional information for requests to host information tables:Groups and organizations may request to host tables in the library lobby if they wish to provide information, hand out free promotional items, or ask patrons to fill out surveys. Groups may not approach library visitors directly to conduct surveys or hand out items. Follow the Process for requesting permission for library facilities use to submit a request for an information table.
Additional information for requests to place collection bins:Collection bins for charitable causes may be allowed at the discretion of JMU Libraries. Boxes must not disrupt traffic or cause a fire code violation. Boxes must be emptied regularly and removed at the end of the drive. If boxes overflow, they will be removed immediately. JMU Libraries may dispose of boxes and contents not collected by the sponsoring organization by the end of the drive. Follow the Process for requesting permission for library facilities use to submit a request to place a charitable bin in the library foyers.
Guidelines for Use of JMU Libraries Facilities by JMU Groups and Local Community Groups
Once a request is approved, groups should follow these guidelines for using the spaces:
- Event organizers and guests will comply with all of JMU’s University Policies and with all laws (including, but not limited to, occupancy limits and fire codes) applicable to the use of JMU Libraries facilities.
- Event organizers and guests will comply with any directions that JMU Libraries staff provide concerning the use of the facilities.
- Reservation requests must include time for set-up and clean-up. Library staff will not help set up or clean up the event. Event facilitators or attendees will not have access to the library facility outside of regular library operating hours. Set-up and clean-up activities must occur during regular library operating hours.
- Parking is not provided for event guests or organizers and passes cannot be distributed from JMU Libraries service points. Event organizers should contact JMU Parking to seek parking options.
- Requests to serve food at events held in library facilities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. JMU, through contract with ARAMARK Corporation, maintains exclusive right to provide food service on all university property.
- Alcohol use is prohibited at events held by JMU and community organizations and groups in JMU Libraries facilities.
- During times of inclement weather, it may be necessary for the libraries to close early, open late, or remain closed all day. When JMU Libraries or JMU announces an official closure or late opening, all events in the library facilities during the time of that closure will be cancelled.
- The library facility should be left as found before the event. Furniture should be returned to its original placement, trash should be deposited in appropriate receptacles or removed, and all items used for the event must be removed from the facilities.
- Signs on the day of the event notifying guests of event location may be posted in the library facility with prior approval.
- Flyers advertising events ahead of time may be posted on the public bulletin boards in accordance with JMU policy 3104.
Process for Requesting Permission for JMU Libraries Facilities Use
- Complete the space use request form online. Requests must be submitted at least two weeks (14 days) before the proposed event or space usage.
- Requests for space use are reviewed and approved or denied on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- JMU Libraries staff will contact you within four business days after reviewing your request.
- JMU Libraries staff will either approve the request, deny the request, or ask for more information before making a final decision.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about requesting permission to use JMU Libraries facilities.
Questions? Please visit the Ask the Library desk or contact us via chat, email or phone.