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 Searching Theolog guide.

The Library provides quiet study spaces, casual seating in the reading corner, wi-fi, computer stations and a printer/scanner.

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?
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?
Visit our Library.
Patrons can also borrow library materials using our contactless pick-up service. Email us to request a pick-up.

Where can I return library items?
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, staff and community members have borrowing periods of 4 weeks. Faculty have 6 month borrowing periods. You can renew books through your account sign in, or by contacting library staff.

What are the borrowing limits?
Corpus Christi students and community members are limited to 10 items per borrowing period
St. Mark's College students and faculty members are allowed to borrow up to 50 items per borrowing period

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?
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. Materials can be returned anytime using the outdoor book drop beside the library front entrance.

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?
The borrower will be billed for the replacement cost.

Can I check out journals?
No. Our periodical collection is for library use only.

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.