Spring 2023 access to Special Collections

Special Collections is open Monday-Friday, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Appointments are encouraged, but not required. The Special Collections reading room is also used for instruction, and may be unavailable for walk-in researchers.


All requests for appointments must be scheduled through your user account with the Special Collections Request System.
Requests placed on Friday may require additional processing time.

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 a 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.
Note that 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 and schedule an appointment. Contact us at library-special@jmu.edu.

Reading Room Use Requirements

Please refer to the JMU Stop the Spread page for the current Operating Plan regarding 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.

Prepare for your visit

Review all information on the Plan A Visit page for details on Special Collections user registration, parking, reading room policies, and more.