The H.R. MacMillan Library was founded in 1971 when the Anglican Theological College and Union College of British Columbia amalgamated to form the Vancouver School of Theology.

Today, the library serves students, faculty, staff of the VST, adjoining theological colleges and UBC, as well as members of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada. It offers access to a collection of over 35,000 physical items including books, journals, DVDs, a growing collection of e-books, and 350 e-journals. Located on the ground 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.

Library Hours
Library catalog and databases
Joining the Library
Reciprocal Borrowing
Alum & Sponsoring Churches
My Account
Special Collections
Circulation Policies
Late Fees & Lost Items
Distance students
Online Libraries
Online tutorials & Links
Library Ebooks
New print books
Book purchase suggestion

Proquest eBook Central: a new VST eBook provider

In addition to our current  EBSCO ebook platform, The VST Library will also be offering  ebook access through ProQuest eBook Central. You will not need  a ProQuest eBook Central account to read ProQuest eBooks on campus. However, you will need to have a ProQuest ID in order to download chapters and to access these eBooks off campus. Students, staff and faculty will be receiving an email with directions for opening a ProQuest account. If you need any help with VST’s EBSCO or ProQuest ebooks, feel free to contact the library at  any time at The  VST Library always welcomes book (print & eBook) purchase recommendations from students, faculty and staff. Please use the Book purchase request form.

Library Hours



Library In- Session Hours – Spring Term (except  VST Reading Week – March 2 – March 6 – see below)

Mon, Jan 20 to Thurs, Apr 9, 2020:

Mon, Wed and  Fri: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Tues and Thurs: 8:30 am  –  7:00 pm

Sat and Sun: closed

VST Reading Week: March 2 – March 6:  Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 4:30

Closed for the following holidays:

BC Family Day: Mon, Feb 17

Easter: Fri, Apr 10 – Mon, Apr 13 inclu.




Library catalog and databases

VST Library Catalog

  • Theolog 2.0
  • St. Mark’s College library catalog is also accessible from this site.

Online Databases, eJournals and eBooks

Joining the Library

Library Cards

Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Vancouver School of Theology can obtain a free library card. Free borrowing is also available to clergy and active members of our sponsoring churches: the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada.

Students, faculty, and staff of the following institutions may also obtain a library card without charge:

  • University of British Columbia
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Trinity Western University
  • Regent College

St. Mark’s students, faculty, and staff can use their library cards to borrow items from the H.R. MacMillan Library.

Members of the wider community are welcome to use the library’s resources onsite. Those who wish to borrow materials may purchase an external borrower’s library card ($25 for four months or $75 for twelve months).

Please visit the Circulation Desk at the library to receive your library card. The barcode number on your library card is your access number and is required for all library transactions. Please note that the Circulation Desk closes five minutes before the library closing.

Borrower Responsibilities

Your responsibilities as a borrower are to:

  • Return or renew items promptly.
  • Renew items:
  • Treat all materials with care – there is a charge for lost or damaged items.
  • Ensure the library receives timely updates of your contact information.

Need Help?

If you need help using computers, finding information, or locating a particular book or article, please do not hesitate to ask any staff member.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges

Students, faculty, and staff of the Vancouver School of Theology have borrowing privileges at the UBC library, Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library (St. Mark’s College), and the John Richard Allison Library (Regent College). They may access both print and electronic resources through the University of British Columbia libraries. All three libraries are within walking distance of the school and provide important resources for theological and religious studies. Their holdings can be searched using our online catalogue, Theolog 2.0.

Alum & Sponsoring Churches

As alum, you can have free access to Atla Religion Database

  • VST provides free access to the Atla (American Theological Library Association) Religion Database to its alum. This database is the preeminent tool for theological research and ministry providing full- text access to journal articles, essays and book reviews from over 1,000 theological publications.
  • For easy access please contact the library at or 604.822.938

Free print book borrowing privilege for VST Alumni and members of Canadian Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches,

  • You have access to the 35,000 curated items of the VST Library,
  • We add hundreds of new items annually
  • Browse our catalogue here
  • To borrow from the Library, visit us during open hours to sign up for a library card. Please visit the Library website at for more information.

My Account

Accessing Your Library Account

  • To view your library account, you will need a user ID (barcode number on your library card) and password.
  • To obtain a password, go to the Theolog landing page and click on the Set/Reset Password under the search box. Library staff cannot do this for you.
  • Enter your library barcode/user ID in the box when prompted.
  • You will then receive an email with instructions for creating a new password, the link for which will expire after 24 hours.

Renewing an Item

  • You can renew your items online through your library account; you can also email the Circulation Desk (, call 604-822-9382, or visit the library.
  • If you do not have an online library account, you can create one by following the instructions in the section above.
  • Once you have your password, go to the Theolog landing page and click My Account under the search box.
  • You will see the items you have checked out with a Renew button next to each.
  • Click on the button beside the title of the checked-out item to renew it.

Placing Holds

  • Holds can only be placed by library staff on items owned by the VST library, and only on items that are checked out.
  • If you would like to place a hold on an item that has been checked out, please email the Circulation Desk (, call 604-822-9382, or visit the library in person.
  • If the requested item is required for reserves or has gone missing, you will receive an email informing you of this and the hold will be dropped.
  • Once a hold becomes available, you will receive an email notifying you that the item is available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Items held by VST can only be picked up at the VST library; holds cannot be routed to our partner libraries.
  • The hold will be kept at the Circulation Desk for 7 days.
  • If the hold is not picked up within a week, the item will be re-shelved and available for general use.  You will be sent an email informing you that the hold has expired, and the item has been re-shelved.

Special Collections

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 Thomas Merton Reading Room. Items in the Merton Room itself do not circulate, but copies of select titles are available in the library’s stacks for circulation.

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 realia from the latter period. Items from the Rare Book Collection are retrievable upon request and must be handled according to archival protocols.

Circulation Policies

The circulation policies of the library differ according to the type of item, its location, and the category of the borrower.

Books from the Stacks

  • The loan period for most books is 4 weeks. (For summer school faculty and students, the loan period is two weeks; permanent faculty have a fixed due date of April 30 each year.)
  • If a hold is placed on a checked-out book, the loan period is reduced to 1 week.
  • Books may be renewed 3 times after which they should be returned to the library. (Neither summer school faculty, students, or regular faculty can renew books.)
  • Patrons may borrow up to 40 items from the library at any given time.

Media Items

  • DVDs and videos can be borrowed for 1 week and cannot be renewed.
  • If a hold is placed on a checked-out media item, the loan period is reduced to 4 days.

Course Reserves

Reserve materials are shelved behind the Circulation Desk.

  • There are two loan periods for items on reserve: 2 hours and 1 day.
  • Reserve items may not leave the library: they are for in-library use only.
  • They should be returned to the Circulation Desk after the 2-hour period, or at the end of the day in the case of 1-day reserves.
  • Holds and renewals cannot be done on reserved items.

Print Journals

  • Bound and current journals are for in-library use only.
  • Users can photocopy or scan library materials, provided the limits of Canadian copyright law are observed.  Please ask library staff for help with our photocopier if you have not used it before.

In-Library Use Only Materials

The following items can be used within the library only: bound and current journals, reference books, atlases, rare books, and all items in the Thomas Merton Reading Room.

Late Fees & Lost Items


  • Three days before a book or media item is due, patrons receive an automated email message reminding them of the due date.
  • A second notice will be sent out on the day the item is due.
  • Overdue notices will be sent out one, two, and seven days after that.

The library sends email reminders as a courtesy to patrons. It is the patron’s responsibility to ensure that the library has the correct email address. Failure to receive email notices will not exempt patrons from the requirement to return materials by their due date.

Late Fees

  • Loans become overdue the day after the due date.
  • The overdue charge for all items is $0.50 per day.
  • Overdue charges in excess of $10.00 will result in the patron’s account being blocked and borrowing privileges suspended.
  • Once the fine has been paid, borrowing privileges will be reinstated.

Lost Items

  • After seven days, an item will be deemed lost and the borrower will be billed for replacement and processing costs.
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended until the item is returned, or the replacement and processing fees have been paid.

Distance students

Online Libraries

Online tutorials & Links

Library Ebooks


Accompany Them with Singing
Asian Theology on the Way
Becoming Human
Berit Olam: The Twelve Prophets
Beyond the Worship Wars
Birth of the Trinity
Blessed Are the Consumers
Book of Confessions
Book of Zechariah
Burning Bush and A Few Acres of Snow
Called to Lead
Called to Witness
Calling in Today’s World
Calvin Today
Christ the Key
Christian Doctrine
Christian Faith: Dogmatics in Outline
Christian Spirituality
Church Planting in the Secular West
City Indian
Colossians Remixed
Coming Full Circle
A Concise Dictionary of Bible Origins and Interpretation
Constructive Theology
Context of Scripture
Cross and the Lynching Tree
Crucifixion of Ministry
A Cultural Handbook to the Bible
Deep Change
Delighting in the Trinity
Discerning the Body
Ecclesial Leadership As Friendship
Essentials of Christian Theology
Eternal God, Eternal Life
Ethics of Everyday Life
European Reformations
Faith-Rooted Organizing
Faith Seeking Understanding
Family in Life and in Death: The Family in Ancient Israel
Following Jesus in Invaded Space
From Nothing
Gift of Being Yourself
Gifts of the Small Church
Good and Beautiful God
Good Funeral
Gospel According to the Novelist
Great Emergence
Great Turning
Greek-English Parallel New Testament Ebook: NA28-ESV
Handbook of Biblical Criticism
Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old
Hearing God
A History of the Concept of God
I and II Kings : A commentary ; The Old Testament Library
Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John
Indigenous Homelessness
Indigenous in the City
Indigenous Methodologies
Indigenous Storywork
Introduction to Christian Worship Third Edition
An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament
Israel’s Past in Present Research
Jesus As a Figure in History
Journey Into the Heart of God
Justice Calls
Leadership and the New Science
Lessons From Laodicea
Let Your Life Speak
Life Stages and Native Women
Limits of Critique
Mandate to Difference
Men in Charge?
Missional Map-Making
Mysteries of Faith
Narrative Art, Political Rhetoric
A National Crime
Native and Christian
A New And Right Spirit
New Interpreter’s® Bible One-Volume Commentary
New Parish
Opening the Field of Practical Theology
Oxford Bible Commentary
Paradise of God
Pastor: Revised Edition
Patterns of Preaching
Paul and the Gift
Peaceable Kingdom
Picturing Paul in Empire
Postcolonial Theologies
Postmodern Parish
Practice of Pastoral Care
Practicing Congregation
Preaching Life
Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed
Quest for the Fictional Jesus
Qur’an and Woman
Reading the Historical Books
Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision
Reconsidering Israel and Judah
Recreating the Church
Reimagining Indian Country
Rescuing the Gospel From the Cowboys
Rethinking History
Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice
Routledge Companion- Practice of Christianity
Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy
Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus
Saving Calvinism
SBL Handbook of Style
Shaping Spiritual Leaders
Slow Church
Social Setting of the Ministry As Reflected in the Writings of Hermas, Clement and Ignatius
Systematic Theology
Teaching Our Story
Theological Bible Commentary
Theological Interpretation of Scripture
Theology: The Basics
Theology: The Basic Readings
Theology and the Boundary Discourse of Human Rights
A Theology in Outline
Theology of Worship
Traces of the Trinity
Trinity: The God We Don’t Know
Walk Out Walk On
Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms
What’s Theology Got to Do With It?
Wide Welcome
Witness of Preaching
Work of Theology
Wrestling with God and Men

New print books

January 2020

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