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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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Library Services beginning in September!

No access to the library without an appointment. Masks are required.

Study Spaces:we can offer 6 individual study spaces for up to 2 hours per day, in 30-minute slots. Reservation times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm; Wednesday: 8:30 am to 1 pm. No groups or pairs please.
Printing: set up an account at SMC front desk or [email protected] and make an appointment to use the library printer – black and white printing only.
Computers: make an appointment for up to 2 hours to work on one of the library desktop computers. We only have 2 computers available so plan ahead if you will need access.
Book pick-up: find materials in Theolog, email [email protected] a list and use the form to make an appointment to pick up the books. Please give 24 hours advance notice. Materials can be returned anytime using the outdoor book drop beside the library front entrance.

Use the forms below. If dates/times are greyed out, they are not available. If you have any questions or difficulties with the form, please contact us [email protected]

Online Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to for help with library resources or my account?

For library assistance, please email[email protected]and check out our Guides and Help section for lots of helpful tips.

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.

Anyone with a current St. Mark’s Library account 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 the Guides and Help section for a list of Open Access sites.
HathiTrust 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.

Explore all open access content on Project Muse, a leading provider of humanities and social science content from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers.

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.

I have a book due. What is your late fee policy now?

Fines were not charged during the library closure, but will resume in September 2021. Overdue charges are $0.50 per item per day.
Materials can be returned anytime using the outdoor book drop beside the library front entrance.
There will be no late fines charged during the College’s closure.

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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