Using the Library

The library is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm, with extended evening hours to 8pm on Fridays.

For an overview of library services, please click here.

The Catalogue and Collection

The Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library is a member of THEOLOG, the shared catalogue of the consortium of theological colleges on the UBC campus representing the collections of:

 

  • Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library, at St. Mark's College

  • John Richard Allison Library, at Regent College (a joint collection of Regent and Carey Theological College)

  • H.R. MacMillan Theological Library at the Vancouver School of Theology

The four colleges are independent institutions that formed a consortium to list all their library holdings in one joint catalogue, accessing over 200,000 records across the three libraries. Students, faculty and staff at all four colleges have borrowing privileges at the consortium libraries with individual institution's library card memberships.

*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 four computers with access to word processing programs and the Internet. The library computers also provide students with full access to UBC’s online library resources. Wireless Internet is available for students of Corpus Christi College and Saint Mark’s College. 

Borrowing Policies

Who can borrow books?

Registered students, faculty and staff at any of the Theological Schools in the THEOLOG consortium (Saint Mark’s College, Regent College, Carey Theological School, and the Vancouver School of Theology) and community members.

 

*As of March 1, 2013, Saint Mark’s College is charging $30/year for Community Member library borrowing privileges.

 

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.

 

If you are unable to visit during library staff hours, you can register your information via email

(library@stmarkscollege.ca) or phone (604-822-4463 ext. 109). Library staff will process your library

card and arrange with you a time to pick it up either at the library, the College’s main office or post.

 

How long can I borrow a book?

Registered students and faculty of consortium institutions 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 amount of borrowable items to 10 per borrowing period for faculty, staff, students and community members.

 

Will a notification be sent to remind me of due dates?

The library system does not send out automatic email notifications before an item is due. An email notification will be sent to notify patrons of overdue items.

 

Can I renew an item?

Library patrons have the right to exercise up to 2 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 (library@stmarkscollege.ca) 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 consortium 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?

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.

 

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.