Services and Resources for Students

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.

Get a quick overview of library resources and services in our 90-second intro video or select a topic to jump down to a section. 

We’re here to help you:


Explore library spaces


Find books, articles & more

Get research help

Get tech support

Learn new skills

Feed your creativity

 

Explore library spaces

Library locations

Find your favorite spots to study in our library spaces. Take a short video tour of our four library locations.

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.

Delivery services

Use our delivery service to request items ahead of time for pickup at any library location.

Course reserves

If your instructor has placed a shortened checkout period on high-use books/items for your class, search for it in Course Reserves.

Newspaper subscriptions

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

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.

Online resources

Learn more about using e-books, streaming video, databases, journals, and more on our online resources page.

Get research help

Research guides

These online guides, created by JMU librarians, point you to our best resources related to specific subjects or JMU courses.

Librarians

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.

Citations

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.

Tech support

We provide tech support for Canvas, Webex in Canvas, TurnItIn, Respondus, clickers, and more. The JMU IT Help Desk provides tech support for ZoomWebex 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.

Workshops

We offer workshops on graphic design, building websites, podcasting, research, and many other library and technology-related topics. 

LinkedIn Learning

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

Makerspaces

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.

Multimedia equipment

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!