Library Services

Joining the Library
Your Catalogue
Book Drop
Interlibrary Loan
Enhanced Services
Information Literacy @ VST
Campus-Wide Login

Joining the Library

Current registrants and faculty at the following universities can obtain a VST Library borrower’s card without charge:

• Carey Theological College
• Regent College
• Simon Fraser University
• St. Mark’s College
• Trinity Western University
• Vancouver School of Theology

Free borrowing is also available to clergy and active members of our sponsoring churches – Anglican, United and Presbyterian Churches of Canada as well as to VST Alumni

Members of the wider community are most welcome to use VST Library resources onsite. Those patrons not connected to the campus or to our sponsoring churches who wish to borrow materials out of the library have the option to purchase a library card. Cost is $25 for four months or $75 for twelve months. As well, interlibrary loan requests for VST Library items can be made at a local library branch.

Please visit the Circulation Desk at the library to receive your library card. The barcode number on your library card is your access number for all library services; it is required for all library transactions. Please bring your library card with you every time you visit the library.

The library book stacks are closed 15 minutes before the Library closes.

Borrowers’ Responsibilities
• Return or renew items promptly.
• All users with email can renew their library loans online. If email access is unavailable, please contact the library.
• The library computer system will automatically send a “courtesy notice” reminding patrons of their due dates, if an email has been given.
• It is the patron’s responsibility to ensure that items are returned on time.
• Treat all materials with care. There will be a charge for lost or damaged items.
• Keep the Library informed of changes of address or telephone.

Library Staff Responsibilities
Library staff provides assistance to users. If you need help using computers, finding information, or locating a particular book or article, please do not hesitate to ask any Library Staff.

Circulation Policies
The loan period for most library books is four weeks. The loan period is reduced to two weeks when a hold is placed on a checked-out item.

• Media materials may be borrowed for one week; no more than three may be on loan at one time. These materials cannot be borrowed through ILL.
• Reserve material is shelved behind the Circulation Desk and is for use in the library only.
• Bound and current journals are also for use in the library only.

Overdue Charges
Loans become overdue the day after the system generated due date. The overdue charge is $1 per item per day. Significant overdue charges may result in suspension of borrowing privileges.

Lost Items
When an item has been reported or deemed lost, the borrower will be billed for replacement and processing costs. These charges normally range from $40 to $60, depending upon the cost of the item.

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Your Catalogue


Holds can be placed only on items which are currently checked out by other borrowers, not on items showing as “available” in the library catalogue.

To place a hold on VST library materials via our online catalogue:

• you will need the barcode number on your VST Library card
• search the item in the catalogue and click on its blue title link.
• click the “request item” bar at the top left of the page
• follow the screen prompts.

• Directions available @


Follow these short steps for online renewal:

• Visit the “My Library Record” page in our catalogue @
• Boxes prompting you for your last name and (full) barcode (without spaces) will appear – supply that info.
• Scroll DOWN and click on the blue link i.e. “3 items currently checked out”

My Library Record

Check your VST Library account @

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VST Library Book Drop

Book Drop

Library materials can be returned within the VST Library during open hours. There is also a book return bin just outside the main entrance of the Library at St. Andrew’s Hall. Items can be returned through the book drop at any time.

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Interlibrary Loan

Current VST students can obtain library items not held on campus by accessing the interlibrary loan (ILL) service offered by the UBC Library system. ILL online request forms from the UBC library site can be found by going to and clicking “Borrow from other libraries (ILL)”.

Non student patrons wishing to locate items not held locally should contact their local public library branch.

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Enhanced Services

VST Library users who have a mobility or print disability may apply at the Circulation Desk for an Enhanced Services Library card. In some cases, medical confirmation may be required. In addition to the services available to all users, Enhanced Service Library Card patrons are eligible for the following staff-assisted services:

• Catalogue assistance – Assistance in using the Library’s online catalogues and databases.
• Book/journal retrieval – Retrieval of items from Library stacks.
• Photocopying – Staff will photocopy requested materials. Please allow a turn-around time of 2 – 48 hours. Regular photocopying charges apply.>
• Browsing assistance – A staff member will assist the Card user in browsing in open Library stacks. This includes reading titles and retrieving books from high or low shelves.
• Library wayfinding/accompanying – An initial guided tour of the Library open areas is available on request.

Please note that Enhanced Service availability depends on staffing levels and may not be available evenings or weekends. The VST Library acknowledges with gratitude the model of form and expression set by the UBC Library Enhanced Services Policy from which the VST policy is derived.

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Information Literacy at VST

As part of the required instruction in the area of research and theological methods, VST requires all students to take 12 hours of Information Literacy instruction. This instruction prepares students to engage with a variety of research tools for personal, professional and research information seeking.

What is it?
5 – 3 hour modules on a variety of topics

What is required?
Each graduating student will have:
Attended 4 of the modules
OR completed the former Research Methods class (with information literacy component)
OR met with the Librarian and demonstrated competence in any of the areas.

When are they offered?
They are offered throughout the school year, at a variety of times, including evenings. All 5 modules are offered each term

What are the modules?
Module I. Introduction to Research
What is Information Literacy?
Introduction to Research
Introduction to Libraries
Introduction to Theological Research at VST

Module II. Web-based searching: tools and products
Searching the web – including history
Online databases

Module III. Tools for Paper-writing

Module IV. Practical Applications for Web Technologies: Using the Web in ministry

Module V. Writing a Thesis/Dissertation at VST

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Campus-wide Login for VST Students

Current VST students requiring wireless access on campus should download and complete the Creating a CWL Guest Account form. Please return it to the Library Public Services Desk or submit it by By Email.

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