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Services for Students

Circulation Services

To check out library materials, bring them with your JBU ID card to the circulation desk. Most items can be renewed up to 2 times as long as no one else has placed a hold.

Research Assistance

Not sure where to start?  Having trouble with our online databases?  Need help finding appropriate library resources for your assignment?  Please reach out – we're here to help!

  • Phone: (479) 524-7153
  • Email: 
  • Chat: use the widget in the bottom corner of the web page.

We endeavor to respond to messages by the next business day when we cannot provide immediate help. 

For do-it-yourself tips on how to find various types of resources, see our Research Help page.


Books that are needed by many students for the same assignments are held at the Reserve Desk and available for in-library use only for up to three hours at a time. Most required textbooks for non-elective core classes are available on reserve, as well as books identified by your instructors as required readings or highly useful resources. 

In order to provide fair access to all students who may need a book, Reserve materials are subject to hourly overdue fines if not turned in on time. Please be sure to hand your books back in within three hours to avoid changes. 

Checkout Periods and Limits for JBU Students


  • Books:  Up to 20 books for 21 days
  • Juvenile Books:  Up to 7 books for 21 days
  • Reserve Books:  Up to 3 books for 3 hours; must remain in the library
  • DVDs:  Up to 2 for 7 days
  • Games:  Up to 2 for 7 days
  • Reference Books: Non-circulating; in-library use only
  • Periodicals:  Non-circulating; in-library use only