Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


About the Library

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 (VST). Today the library serves the students, faculty, and staff 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. It houses a collection of over 35,000 physical items, including books, journals, and 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.


Students, faculty, and staff of the Vancouver School of Theology have borrowing privileges at the 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.



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 do not circulate, but circulating copies of select titles are available in the library’s stacks.


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


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