Whether you’re new or returning to JMU, a transfer student, a part-time student, or a graduate student, we are here to support you as you learn, research, create, and play at JMU! Not a student? Switch over to our resources for visitors, faculty, or staff.
What do you want to do?
Watch our 90-second intro video to learn 1) how to find books and other resources, 2) what you can do in our makerspaces, and 3) how to get research help from librarians. Keep reading to learn about all our services for students, or choose from the topics below to jump to a section:
- explore our spaces
- find books, articles, and more
- get research help
- get tech support
- learn new skills
- feed your creativity
Explore our spaces
Find your favorite spots to study in our library spaces. Take a short video tour of our four library locations.
Best 14 Places to Study
Get a photo tour of the top 14 places to study in the Libraries to find your favorite spot.
Group study rooms
Reserve a group study room in Rose or Carrier to study with your friends or meet with your group. Or use one of the non-reservable, “first-come, first-served” group study rooms.
Fun things to do in JMU Libraries
Learn about our Community Seed Library, book displays, and more in 17 Fun Things to Do in JMU Libraries.
Find books, articles, and more
Search our collections
Use Library Search to find books, e-books, articles, videos, music, and more. Learn what is included in Library Search results. Visit our online resources page for details on accessing databases, e-books, streaming video, and more. If you can’t find what you need, Ask the Library.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
When you need a book, article, or other resource that’s not in JMU’s collections, request it from Interlibrary Loan. We do our best to use the global network of libraries to get it to you, quickly and free of charge.
Use our delivery service to request items ahead of time for pickup at any library location.
If your instructor has placed a shortened checkout period on high-use books/items for your class, search for it in Course Reserves.
Access the New York Times and Wall Street Journal through our subscriptions. Looking for other news sources? View our full list of news-related databases.
Read for fun
Check out our Fun Reads and Movies guide!
Special Collections is our repository for rare and unique materials, with a focus on the history of JMU and the Shenandoah Valley. See some of our fascinating and gorgeous materials on the Special Collections Instagram or Twitter.
Learn more about using e-books, streaming video, databases, journals, and more on our online resources page.
Get research help
These online guides, created by JMU librarians, point you to our best resources related to specific subjects or JMU courses.
To get help finding resources for a paper or assignment, contact a liaison librarian. Liaison librarians specialize in specific JMU majors to provide expert help with your research. To find your librarian, start with the Research Guides and select the subject of your course.
Manage your citations with Zotero and learn about citing sources in your writing. Check out the Writing Center in SSC for more writing help and resources!
Get tech support
Connect from off campus
Get instructions for connecting from off-campus to use the Libraries’ online resources.
Use Canvas, Zoom, and Webex
Learn how to get started with Canvas and how to use Zoom and Webex at JMU.
Printing, scanning, and software in the libraries
Learn about the Libraries’ printers, scanners, and software.
We provide tech support for Canvas, Webex in Canvas, TurnItIn, Respondus, clickers, and more. The JMU IT Help Desk provides tech support for Zoom, Webex outside of Canvas, and more.
Learn new skills
Online/Hybrid Learning Resources
We help students learn Zoom basics and everything else they need to know to take online or hybrid courses at JMU.
We offer workshops on graphic design, building websites, podcasting, research, and many other library and technology-related topics.
Our subscription to LinkedIn Learning gives you access to streaming video tutorials on over 2,000 courses in 3D animation, audio, business, design, development, photography, video creation, web design, and much more.
Feed your creativity
Create, tinker, craft, invent, and discover new skills in our makerspaces. Try out our 3D printers, virtual reality rooms, sewing machines, laser cutters, art supplies, and more in The Makery, located in the basement of Carrier Library and the first floor of Rose Library. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are available to help you with academic and personal projects to foster your creativity.
We offer an array of digital media tools and facilities, including a narration room, creative media software, and labs. You can borrow equipment such as cameras, microphones, and camcorders. Our Music Library also offers music equipment.
Free images and videos
Find audio, image, and video resources that you can freely use!
We’re here to help! Ask the Library.
Whenever you have questions, please contact us. Visit a service desk or use our Ask the Library page, and we’ll be happy to help.
We are here for you, Dukes!