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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 



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? 
Patrons can borrow library materials using our contactless pick-up service. Use form on the Library homepage. See here for instructions on how to use this service.

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 have borrowing periods of 4 weeks. Faculty have 6 month borrowing periods, and staff and community members have a borrowing period of 3 weeks. You can renew books through your account sign in, or by contacting library staff.

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?
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. Use form on the Library homepage to make a study space appointment. 

Can I check out reference or reserve items?
No. Reference and Reserve items are for library use only. Use form on the Library homepage to make a study space appointment 

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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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

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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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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


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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