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Fall Course Reserves

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For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sprague Library is licensing more e-books and streaming media, and its course reserves materials will be available to students mostly online. However, many print books, particularly textbooks, are not for sale to libraries as e-books, even if they are available to individuals. Therefore, instructors are encouraged to request course reserves for Fall ’20 as soon as possible.

Normally, print books are available for a two-hour loan period through the Library’s Print Reserves collection. Unfortunately, the Library’s ability to provide this service is limited during the pandemic because the Library has adopted a 96-hour quarantine period for handling print or physical materials, based on the Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) Project’s research-supported guidelines.  The REALM COVID-19 Research Project is being conducted by the global library cooperative OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the nonprofit applied science and technology development company Battelle.

Whenever possible, the Library encourages instructors to assign materials already freely available online or licensed through the library catalog ( to help minimize Montclair students’ textbook expenses.

Sprague Librarians can assist instructors in locating textbook alternatives from both existing library e-resources and open educational resources (OER), and Access Services staff can assist with scanning and placing selections of material held by the library or provided by instructors through electronic reserves into your Canvas course.

Questions about Course Reserves should be directed as follows:

For course reserves, write to
For multimedia reserves, write to
To submit a course reserves request, instructors should fill out the Course Reserves Request form.
For assistance finding textbook alternatives, contact the appropriate liaison librarian or contact our Ask a Librarian service.
Additional information about Sprague Library Course Reserves is available through the Course Reserves page on the library website and the library reserves FAQ.