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September 8 – December 12:

  • Mon – Wed: 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
    (limited library services available 6 PM – 10 PM)
    Thu: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
    Fri: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    Sat: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Special hours: October 20 – 24:

  • Mon – Fri: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Special hours: December 15 – 19:

  • Mon – Fri: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

VST’s H.R. MacMillan Theological Library is one of the major theological libraries in Canada. It was built from the joint resources of the libraries of Union College and the Anglican Theological College. Students have access to most of the collection which includes over 85,000 volumes and 2,300 media items. The Library subscribes to over 200 current periodicals and has long runs of many theological journals. Many journals are now available in electronic format.

For VST’s year in transition, the Library is located in the St. Andrew’s Hall Chapel area, with a circulation desk, small Reference Room, and public access catalogue computers just outside the Chapel itself.

The Library Collection during our Year in Transition
The most-used books of the Library collection are available during our transition year. A small reference collection and current periodicals reside in the Library Reference Room, and the rest of the Reference collection and approximately 14,000 of our most-used books and media are stored just downstairs at St. Andrew’s Hall. Library staff will be happy to retrieve any books for you upon request. Retrieval time will depend upon service demands at the Circulation Desk, but we will try to get your item(s) within 10 minutes if at all possible. When the St. Andrew’s Hall Chapel is not used for worship or programs, it is available as a quiet study space with carrels and work tables.

The rest of the VST collection is in storage for the duration of our transition year and unavailable for use during this time. These items in storage include lesser-used books, all bound journals, some lesser used bibliographic reference items, and lesser-used media. Many of these titles are available at our consortial partner libraries – the John Richard Allison Library (JRA) at Regent College and St. Mark’s College Library.

Borrowing privileges are extended to lay persons and clergy in the supporting denominations and to current sstudents and faculty on the UBC campus.. All library areas are wheelchair accessible.

VST Library staff are happy to help! Whether it’s instructing individuals and groups in the use of Library resources, providing bibliographies to support VST events, or arranging regular book displays, Library staff are knowledgeable and available. Individual inquiries are always welcome.

Associated Libraries
VST students are also able to borrow from the collections of the University of British Columbia, Regent-Carey Library, and St. Mark’s Library, which are nearby and provide an important resource for theological and religious studies on campus.

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