Despite Carrier Library closure, study spaces abound on campus

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — With Carrier Library under construction and mid-terms on the horizon, students will be looking for places to study throughout the spring semester.  

Fortunately, JMU Libraries and other campus entities are making a wide variety of study areas available across campus. JMU now offers study spaces in over 30 buildings.  

Even at the busiest times of the year, there are plenty of empty seats available if you know where to look.  

Here are nine tips for finding good study spaces at JMU:  

  1. Study in one of JMU’s computer labs any time they’re not reserved.  
  2. Check the schedule outside meeting rooms in The Union and Festival. When they’re not reserved, you can use them to study. Just be sure to leave the furniture how you found it.  
  3. Reserve a room for yourself or your group in the University Career Center. While you’re there, you can check out their Career Closet for a new professional outfit! 
  4. Try one of the six new study spots at JMU.  
  5. Study with a buddy so you can use one of the group study rooms at JMU. 
  6. Use one of the 24-hour study spaces at JMU 
  7. Wake up early to snag your favorite study spot while others are still asleep. 
  8. Use the JMU study spaces map to find a spot that’s off the beaten path.  
  9. And if you prefer to study in the Libraries, don’t forget they have four locations.  

JMU Libraries created the JMU study spaces map ( with help from partners all over campus to help you find convenient places to study while Carrier Library is closed for renovation and expansion.  

Kristen Shuyler, director of communications and outreach for JMU Libraries, spearheaded the effort and said, “We care about helping students find great places to study. JMU has such a variety of beautiful study spaces, and we’re excited that creating a comprehensive study spaces map made them easier for students to find.” 


Contact: Eric Gorton,  


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Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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