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 page

Study Areas

Students, faculty and the public are welcome to use the library’s spacious tables and study carrels for quiet study.

Computer Access

The library has free wifi and four computers with access to Microsoft Office as well as the internet.

Special Display Areas

The shelves behind the Circulation Desk hold the Green Dot Collection for Corpus Christi students, new books in the library and books for the St. Mark's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Borrowing Policies

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?

Visit the library during library staff hours to complete a Library Registration form and receive your card. Contact library staff to arrange an appointment: [email protected], 604-822-4463 ext. 109

How long can I borrow a book?
Registered students and faculty of St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, VST, Regent and UBC have borrowing periods of 4 weeks. 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 have the right to exercise up to 3 renewals on their borrowed items to extend their borrowing period. If you have fines of $10 or more, you cannot renew your items until your account is cleared.
Items can be renewed in person, via email ([email protected]) or by phone (604.822.4463 ext. 109). When renewing items via email or over the phone, please provide your name, the titles of the borrowed items and their barcodes.

Where can I return library items?
During library hours, items can be returned to the drop box located inside the library at the circulation desk. We also have an after-hours drop box located next to the main entrance.
Items from the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library cannot be returned to other libraries. If this happens, overdue fines will continue to be charged to the patron’s account until items are returned to the proper library.

What is the fine for overdue books?
Overdue charges accumulate at $0.50 per item per day. When overdue charges reach $10, the patron account will be suspended until fines are paid.

What methods of payment are accepted to pay a fine?
Fines can be paid using cash or cheque. We do not accept payments via debit or credit card.

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. If you would like a copy of an article from one of our journals, we have a photocopier available for patron use. The photocopier charge is $0.10 per page.

Can I check out reference or reserve items?
No. Reference and Reserve items are for library use only.

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.