Electronic Reserves

What are Electronic Resources?

Electronic Reserves  (E-Reserves) are an online resource located  in the Montclair State University Canvas course management system at https://montclair.instructure.com/. Electronic reserves provides web access to course-related readings and other materials selected by instructor. 

These may include, but are not limited to any of the following:

  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Course syllabi
  • Lecture notes and presentations    
  • Practice exams and exercises     

These materials are scanned and then converted to a Portable Document File (PDF) format, which requires that you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed as a plug-in for your web browser.

E-Reserves Information for Students


Only Montclair State University students and faculty can access materials in the Montclair State Electronic Reserves collections.

Using Electronic Reserves

All E-Reserves material are available online in the Canvas course management system and can be located by course number and/or  instructor name.

Do I need a password to access electronic reserve?

Yes, when you enter the Canvas course management system you will be prompted to enter your University Net ID  and password.

How do I access the materials for my course?

Your instructor will provide a link from his or her Canvas course page directly to the readings for your course;

E-Reserves Information for Faculty


Montclair State faculty can request that the Library designate certain course related materials as E-Reserves.

General Procedures: All Items

Library eReserves on Canvas

Please initiate the process of requesting items for Reserves by completing and submitting the online E-Reserves Request Form. The print version of the Form is available at the Circulation Desk or by requesting it via e-mail at circreserves@mail.montclair.edu.

Submit the Reserves Request Form and materials at least two (2) weeks before the assigned reading date to ensure that items are available when needed by the students. Materials will be processed in the order in which they are received. Additional items can be submitted throughout the semester.

Adhere to the University’s Copyright and Duplication Policy when submitting items for E-Reserves.

All Reserves will be removed at the end of each semester unless otherwise arranged with the Access Services Department in advance.


The Sprague Library E-Reserves policy is based on federal copyright law (17 U.S.C., sec. 107 et seq.), which governs the reproduction and use of copyright-protected works in the classroom and for individual study, research, or scholarship. The law permits libraries, generally considered extensions of the classroom, to provide reproductions (e.g., photocopies) of copyright-protected works for Reserves within the scope of "fair use".

When adding items to the E-Reserves section of a course on Canvas, the Library adheres to the University’s Copyright and Duplication Policy as enumerated in the Faculty Handbook (2005-2006) and retains the right not to include certain items in the Reserves collections if doing so does not comport with copyright law. Montclair State E-Reserves on Canvas are posted under the posted copyright guidelines.

Who can I contact for additional help?

For more information about Canvas, contact the IT Help Desk at 973 655-7971, via email at Helpdesk@mail.montclair.edu or visit the Canvas FAQ at: http://www.montclair.edu/oit/canvas/canvas-faq/.