Madison Memorial Library is shown a few years after its 1940 construction. The library has been enlarged several times. It was renamed Carrier Library in 1984 for then-JMU President Ronald E. Carrier and First Lady Edith Carrier.
The Special Collections Department of Carrier Library contains the James Madison University Historical Collection. The Historical Collection includes a wealth of materials on the history of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg , the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg , the State Teachers at Harrisonburg , Madison College and James Madison University . Many of the items in Special Collections are accessible online. The Special Collections Department is on the second floor of the library and is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the regular academic years.