Patio Pickup

The Library will offer a no contact pickup of Sprague Library books beginning Monday, August 17th. Montclair State University students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and other borrowers will be able to place hold requests and pick up books from the Library through this service. Requested books will be held in bags and placed on a table outside of the doors to the main entrance of the building. Here is how it works:

  1. Request your books via our website*. No more than 10 books may be requested at a time. If you need assistance locating a title, please use our Ask A Librarian Service.
  2. After you place your request, we will retrieve the books for you. Depending on when you place your request and the volume of requests we receive, we will start working on your request that day or the following work day.
  3. Wait to receive an email notifying you when your books are ready for pick up. They’ll be available for 10 days after you get that notification.
  4. Come to the Library during pick up hours. Do not come to the Library if you have not received a pick up notification.
  5. When you are at the library entrance call us at 973-655-4288. Please wear a mask.

There will be markings on the ground at least six feet from the table, and we ask that you wait at this line, and remain at least six feet apart from other patrons. Our staff will leave your books on the table, and once they have left, you’re free to collect them.

Your books will already be checked out and a due date receipt will be inside the bag. When you’re done with your books, you can return them to our 24-hour book drop. Returned materials are placed in quarantine for 4 days before they are placed back in circulation. That means it will take up to 5 days for books you have returned to be removed from your account.

When is Patio Pickup available?
Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM, Friday 10 AM – 3 PM.

There are no weekend hours at this time.

*Non-MSU patrons may call (973-655-4288) or use email ( to place their requests.