Reference Department


The mission of the Reference Department is to meet the informational needs of the University community as defined in the Library's "Mission Statement" and to support the curriculum by working closely with faculty and students in meeting their reference and research needs. The Department offers the following services: Reference Assistance, Library Instruction, Interlibrary Services, and Online Searching.


Interlibrary Services

The Interlibrary Services unit of the Reference Department borrows books and obtains photocopies of articles which we do not own from other institutions for our library patrons. This service supplements and enhances the information available in our collections. Undergraduates are encouraged to exhaust resources at Montclair State before requesting material via Interlibrary Services.

Library Instruction

Library instruction classes are available for all undergraduate and graduate students, day and evening, Monday through Saturday. Each session is planned to meet the particular needs of the students in the class - from an orientation tour and general introduction to the Library for new students to an introduction to materials available in a particular subject area (e.g. biology, business, & law) for undergraduate students taking a course in their major field, to classes on the use of specific databases (e.g. ERIC, PsycLit) to a specialized class on research materials available, in both print and electronic formats, for graduate students doing a research proposal. When appropriate, these classes will include information on sources available on the Internet and instruction on how to evaluate these sources.


Research questions as well as general reference questions should be directed to the Reference Desk. Reference Librarians are available during Library hours to answer these inquiries. In addition, you can send a reference question via e-mail by accessing the "Ask the Librarian" form listed below. For additional information, call (973) 655-4291.


Reference Librarians Responsibilities Phone No.
Catherine Baird Online & Outreach Services Librarian 973-655-7144
Laura Levy Evening Reference Librarian 973-655-7148
Carol Nurse Reference Librarian 973-655-7667
Kevin Prendergast Interlibrary Loan Librarian 973-655-7143
William Vincenti Reference Librarian 973-655-7147