Community Borrowers

Welcome to Harry A. Sprague Library

Montclair State University's Sprague Library serves the educational and leisure reading needs of the University community and the public.

Eligibility and Identification

Individuals eighteen (18) years of age or older who reside in municipalities within Essex or Passaic County may borrow library materials after registering for borrowing privileges at the Circulation Desk. At registration, community borrowers must provide their name, home address, home telephone number, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission driver's license number or non-driver photo ID card number, and a current public library card. Library materials may not be checked out unless this information is provided. Patrons must present their public library card and NJ Motor Vehicle Commission driver's license or another form of identification to verify residence in a municipality within Essex or Passaic County each time they want to borrow library materials. Library cards are not transferable. Borrowers must present their own library card to check out books. Borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out on their library card.

Loan Period and Renewals

The loan period is twenty-eight (28) days with one (1) renewal.


A cumulative, maximum of ten (10) books can be checked out at any given time.

Generally, library materials in other formats (CDs, DVDs, Videotapes) cannot circulate unless they accompany other items being checked out, for example, books with accompanying CD-ROMS.

Recalls and Holds

The Library may recall books in circulation if needed for Reserves or requested by another patron. Recalled books must be returned immediately. Failure to return books that have been recalled will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

Community borrowers may not recall books currently checked out. Community borrowers may place books on hold for pickup at the Circulation Desk.

Fines and Fees

A fine of $.25 will be charged daily for each overdue book.

A fee of $80.00 will be charged for lost books. The Library, however, retains the right to determine the value of any lost book. No refunds will be given for books returned after payment has been made. Costs will be assessed for damage to library materials.

Borrowing privileges will be suspended until overdue books are returned or the library obligation is paid.

Payment may be made either in person or via mail by check or money order. Checks or money orders must be made payable to Montclair State University and the borrower's driver's license number indicated in the memo area. The payment must be brought in person or sent along with notice received, directly to the Circulation Desk at Sprague Library. Unpaid fines and fees will be referred to a collection agency.


Reserves are for the exclusive use of Montclair State University students.

The Library does not provide interlibrary borrowing services for the community.

Last Updated January 16, 2018.