About the Library
The H.R. MacMillan Library is the library of the Vancouver School of Theology (VST). It was founded in 1971 when the Anglican Theological College and Union College of British Columbia amalgamated to become the Vancouver School of Theology. Today the library serves the students, staff, and faculty of the Vancouver School of Theology as well as members of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada. Library services are also provided to students, staff, and faculty of our partner libraries, the John Richard Allison Library (Regent College and Carey Theological College) and the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library (St. Mark’s College) and to patrons of the University of British Columbia library system. Located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), on the first floor of VST’s new building, the H.R. MacMillan Library provides a quiet space for individual study and the use of the library’s resources.
The library houses a collection of over 33,000 items, including books, journals, videos and DVDs. Our physical holdings, along with those of the John Richard Allison Library and the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library, can be searched using our new online catalogue, Theolog 2.0.
In addition to its print collection, the H.R. MacMillan Library provides access to over 350 e-journals through its databases and direct online subscriptions. It is currently exploring collaboration with its partner libraries to provide wider access to emerging electronic resources for theological study.
Students of the Vancouver School of Theology have borrowing privileges at the John Richard Allison Library (Regent College and Carey Theological College) and the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library (St. Mark’s College). They may access both print and electronic resources through the University of British Columbia libraries. All libraries are nearby and provide important resources for theological and religious studies on campus.
THOMAS MERTON COLLECTION
In partnership with the Thomas Merton Society of Canada, the library houses the second largest collection of Mertonalia in North America. Books, journals, media and theses by and about Thomas Merton may be found in the library’s attractive Thomas Merton Reading Room. Items in the Merton Room do not circulate, but circulating copies of select titles are available in the library’s stacks.
RARE BOOKS COLLECTION
The library’s Rare Book Collection consists of bibles published as early as the fifteenth century, prayer books from the seventeenth century onwards, and realalia from the latter period also. Items from the Rare Book Collection are retrievable upon request. They are handled according to archival protocols.