Welcome to the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library
The Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library serves students and faculty of Corpus Christi College, St. Mark’s College, and B.C.’s Catholic community. We share an online catalogue with Vancouver School of Theology (VST).
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Online Resources and Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19)
With the health and safety of our community being a top priority, the library remains closed. Beginning August 25, 2020
, we will be offering contactless, book pick-up service. Please take the following steps to reserve and pick up your books. This service is limited to 10 books per borrowing period.
To request materials to borrow:
1. Check the library catalog THEOLOG
to search for a book(s). Make sure that the item(s) is in the library. You should see “Available MICALLEF LIBRARY Stacks.” If a book is checked out, please email the library to place a hold on the item.
2. Email [email protected]
and include the following:
• The name on your account. If you do not have a St. Mark’s library account, please email the library.
• List of books you wish to borrow – give title AND author.
3. Tell us which day and time you wish to pick up your book(s).
Pick-up times are Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm.
Please allow at least 24 hours advance notice.
4. You will receive a message from the library confirming your pickup date and time.
Please do not come to the library until you receive a confirmation notice.
Books will be checked out on your account. Library staff will use gloves to put your books in a new paper bag, attaching a label with your name and pick-up date.
To pick up your books:
• Ring the doorbell on the front door. For health and safety reasons, please stand away from the door on the designated sign.
• Be prepared to show staff your SMC or VST library card or photo ID.
• Staff will put the bag outside the front door.
• Please check that the bag you pick up has your name on it.
To return books:
Please use the book drop located beside the front door of the library.
All books will be sanitized and quarantined before being re-shelved or loaned out again. Please do not attempt to disinfect books.
Current faculty, staff and full-time students holding UBC cards can access library materials at UBC libraries, including e-resources. (Students login using CWL; faculty and staff use Standard Library Login.) The UBC libraries are currently closed for in-person visits.
Please note that the UBC Library has started a Materials Pick-Up Service
to provide access to its physical collection. Up to 10 items per person per week can be requested. You need a valid UBC library account and provide either your UBC card or another piece of photo ID (if you were not issued a UBC card) when you collect your material at the library.
You can find more information on this service and request materials at https://services.library.ubc.ca/borrowing-services/get-it/
Below we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and helpful answers.
Who can I talk to for help with library resources or my account?
Our staff are still working, just not in the library. For library assistance during the closure, please email: [email protected]
Are there online library resources can I use?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings. Listed below are some of the most popular options. Theolog
Anyone with a current St. Mark’s Library membership can access e-books from our online catalogue, Theolog
To set up your Theolog account:
• Go to ‘Sign In’ and use the ‘Set/Reset Password’ function
• Enter your St. Mark’s College Library card number
• You will receive email with a link to set your password
If you do not have a St. Mark’s Library card or have forgotten your card number, please contact us.
What resources can I access without a UBC card?
See a list of Open Access Sites in the Guides and Help
is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
• Directory of Open Access Books
is an online directory that indexes and provides access to academic, peer reviewed books.
• Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
gives access to high-quality, peer-reviewed journals which you can browse by subject or search by keyword. Subjects range from science to law to fine arts and everything in between.
• JSTOR Open Access
, is an important research database with thousands of articles and e-books you can access.
• Points to the Past
is a collection of primary sources, digitized historical content – maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, and much more.
• You can look for open access articles and journals on Google Scholar
or other search engines.
• Public libraries: if you have a membership to your local public library, you will be able to access their e-books and databases. Be sure to check with your instructor whether the resource you are using is ‘academic’ and acceptable for your assignment. If you do not have an account, you can sign up online for a temporary membership.
• Check with your instructor for any suggestions they might have for sources.
Temporary Open & Free online resources during COVID-19
is a leading provider of humanities and social science content from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers. You can view the list of publishers offering free access to content
during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes Liturgical Press eBooks
with Wisdom Commentary
as well as Berit Olam Commentary
I have a book due. What is your late fee policy now?
There will be no late fines charged during the College’s closure, effective starting March 16, 2020.
Can I drop off my materials in the outdoor book drop?
We are encouraging patrons to practice social distancing and not use public transit to travel to campus. If you are returning to your home country, please give your books to another student to return when the College reopens.
However, if you are coming to the library to pick up books, you can return any previously borrowed books at that time.