Using the Library


The Catalogue and Collection

The Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library shares THEOLOG, an online catalogue, with the H.R. MacMillan Theological Library at the Vancouver School of Theology and has reciprocal borrowing privileges for current students, faculty and staff with VST, Regent College and UBC.

*Please note that each library has its own registration, library cards, and borrowing privileges (loan rules). Borrowers are responsible for adhering to each institution's loan policies and restrictions.

The library collection covers topics in:

Philosophy - Scripture - Theology - Spirituality - Lives of the Saints  
Church history - Ethics - Sacraments - Missions - Archaeology - Sociology  

For helpful tips on how to successfully search THEOLOG, check out the Help Topics

The Library has a study area, wifi and four computers for patron use. 

Borrowing Policies 

DUE TO COVID-19, BORROWING POLICIES HAVE CHANGED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  

**BEGINNING AUGUST 25TH, 2020, WE WILL BE OFFERING CONTACTLESS BOOK PICK-UP SERVICE. PLEASE SEE "HOW DO I BORROW A BOOK" FOR INSTRUCTIONS. 

Please continue to check here for updated information.  

Who can borrow books?
Registered students, faculty, staff and alumni at St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College, as well as registered students, faculty and staff at Vancouver School of Theology, Regent College and UBC. Community members may purchase an annual membership for $30 per year.

How do I sign up for a library card?
 Contact the library with your full name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Staff will contact you with your account number and information on setting up your login to your account.

How do I borrow a book? 
Beginning August 25, 2020, patrons can borrow library materials using our contactless pick-up service. See here for instructions on how to use this service.

Where can I return library items?
Please do not return books to the library at this time. If you have items out, we will contact you when we are able to receive books. However, if you are coming to the library to pick up books, you can return any previously borrowed books at that time. Books can be placed in the book drop beside the library entrance. 

How long can I borrow a book?
Registered students of St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges, VST, Regent and UBC have borrowing periods of 4 weeks. Faculty have 6 month borrowing periods, and staff and community members have a borrowing period of 3 weeks. We encourage patrons to return books as soon as they are finished with them.

What are the borrowing limits?
The library reserves the right to limit the number of borrowable items to 10 per borrowing period for all patrons.

Will a notification be sent to remind me of due dates?
The library system sends automatic email notifications before an item is due. These notifications are a courtesy only. A patron is responsible for returning borrowed items on time even if they did not receive a notification. An email notification will also be sent to notify patrons of overdue items.

Can I renew an item?

Library patrons may renew their items up to 3 times. If you have fines of $10 or more, you cannot renew your items until your account is cleared. Items can be renewed by email ([email protected]) or by phone (604.822.4463 ext. 109). When renewing items, please provide your name, the titles of the borrowed items and their barcodes. 

What is the fine for overdue books?
Fines have been suspended until further notice. 

What happens if a library item is lost?
When an item is lost, the borrower will be billed for the replacement cost.

Can I check out journals?
No. Our periodical collection is for library use only. These items will not be available until the library re-opens for patron use. 

Can I check out reference or reserve items?
No. Reference and Reserve items are for library use only. These items will not be available until the library re-opens for patron use. 

Borrowers’ Responsibilities
• Ensure that items are returned or renewed on time.
• Treat all materials with care.
• Keep the Library informed of changes of address or telephone.
• Respect staff, fellow patrons and library rules and procedures.

Library Staff Responsibilities
• Library staff are available to assist all patrons. Please do not hesitate to ask library staff if you need assistance with research, locating an item, using computers, and printing services.
• Maintain a comfortable study environment for all users.



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