Answered By: Matthew Kennedy
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2018     Views: 461

In addition to JMU students, faculty, and staff which have unlimited book checkouts there are three other possible options for checking out books from JMU:


Faculty, staff, or student at a Virginia university or college

JMU participates in a state-wide service which allows students, faculty, and staff to request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library.   For additional information about this program and to see if your university or college participates, please visit


Other faculty, staff, student, or researcher

Most United States libraries participate in a service called Interlibrary Loan in which libraries lend materials to one another on patrons' behalf.  Check the local public, school, or college library where you have a library card for more details about Interlibrary Loan.


Local Residents near JMU

James Madison University (JMU), Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Bridgewater College, and Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) are all open to local residents. Books can be checked out from the following places with the following restrictions: 

  • JMU - Patrons must be over 18 years of age and present either a current college ID card from EMU, Bridgewater, or BRCC; or, a Massanutten Regional Library card and picture ID, or an RMH Employee ID

  • Bridgewater College - patrons must complete an application for borrowing privileges

  • EMU - non-students must have a Community Borrower card and a picture ID

  • BRCC - patrons need a library card obtained by giving a Social Security number and a local address. 

  • UVA – patrons can request a free library card with identification including a Virginia driver's license or an ID card from a Virginia higher education institution 

  • Massanutten Regional Library - patrons can request a free library card with proof of residency for Rockingham, Page, Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock, Shenandoah or Warren Counties of Virginia, and Hardy or Pendleton Counties in West Virginia. Library services are available to residents of other areas for a fee of $35 per year. 

Click here for a complete list of JMU Libraries' checkout policies.

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