Fall 2021 access to Special Collections

The Special Collections reading room is open by appointment, Monday-Thursday, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Please refer to the JMU Stop the Spread page for guidance and requirements on using all JMU spaces, including JMU Libraries, as pandemic-related health and safety guidelines evolve.

See JMU Libraries’ Updates for information regarding access to all JMU Libraries locations and services.


Appointments are required at this time and must be requested at least 72 hours in advance to allow adequate time for processing and confirmation.
All requests for appointments must be submitted through your user account with the Special Collections Request System.
Requests placed on Friday may require additional processing time.

The following appointment blocks are available:

  • Mondays:  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesdays:  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Wednesdays:  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

After you submit a request for an appointment, Special Collections staff will process your request to determine  appointment availability, and you will receive an email to confirm or reschedule your requested appointment as soon as possible. 

Please wait until you have received an appointment confirmation email before traveling to the library.

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact our staff at library-special@jmu.edu. Special Collections staffing is limited. In the event that we are unable to staff your appointment as scheduled, we may contact you to reschedule.

Questions? We are happy to help you place a request. Contact us at library-special@jmu.edu.

About your Special Collections visit


The reading room is located in room 203 on the second floor of Carrier Library near the Quad on the JMU campus. 


In order to park on JMU’s campus, a parking permit must be hung from the rear view mirror and may be obtained free of charge Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm from JMU Parking Services, located in the ground-level office of the Champions Parking Deck. See Parking Services Visitor FAQs for additional information.

Reading room policies:

Review the Plan a Visit page for reading room policies and other information.