Tips for finding study spaces leading up to finals

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — With Carrier Library under construction and finals rapidly approaching, students will be looking for places to study as they finish their spring semester.

Fortunately, JMU offers study spaces in more than 30 buildings, and many of them offer expanded access during finals week.

Plenty of empty seats are available if you know where to look.

Here are 10 tips for finding good study spaces at JMU:

  1. Find out which JMU buildings are offering expanded study space during finals week.
  2. Study in one of JMU’s computer labs any time they’re not reserved.
  3. 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.
  4. Reserve a room for yourself or your group in the University Career Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Success Center.
  5. Try one of the designated quiet study spots at JMU.
  6. Study with a buddy so you can use one of the group study rooms at JMU.
  7. Use one of the 24-hour study spaces at JMU.
  8. Wake up early to snag your favorite study spot while others are still asleep.
  9. Use the JMU study spaces map to find a spot that’s off the beaten path.
  10. 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 outreach and communications 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: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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