Library Access Information

How to Access the Library Collections

Carey students have access to the library services listed below:

  • The John Richard Allison Library houses the joint collections of Carey Theological College and Regent College. Library cards can be obtained from the circulation desk in the Allison Library. Please bring your Carey registration invoice with you as proof that you have enrolled in and paid for your courses. Once you’ve arrived, you will need to fill out a form that will be entered into the library’s database.
  • Research Help, which includes assistance obtaining journal articles, may be obtained from the Allison Library Reference Librarian via telephone, email or chat.
  • Theolog is the shared online catalogue of Regent, Carey, Vancouver School of Theology and St. Mark’s to find books and resources at any of their libraries.
  • E-Resources, Databases & Journals from Allison database subscriptions may be accessed either within the Allison library or from off-site through Carey’s Student Information System (SIS). Please see the guide “Accessing eResources” if you need help to obtain a Carey SIS password or to access the database. Currently available subscriptions include:
    • EBSCO, which has the following five separate databases:
      • ATLA Religion Database and ATLA Serials (the premiere database for theology & religion)
      • Catholic Periodical Literature Index
      • Christian Periodical Index
      • New Testament Abstracts (NTA)
      • Old Testament Abstracts (OTA)
    • Guide to Social Sciences and Religion in Periodical Literature index.
    • Proquest Religion Database, a database of journal articles and abstracts from over 200 journals.
    • Routledge Religion Online
    • Religious and Theological Abstracts (RTA), which provides summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of religion and theology.
    • Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN), which is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions. The Allison Library has a subscription to many of these titles in electronic format.
  • Access UBC Databases with a UBCcard barcode and PIN. There is a guide to access UBC databases on the Allison Library website:
    • The UBCcard can be obtained by visiting the UBC Bookstore with acceptable photo ID and your 8-digit UBC student number (many students will have this printed in their letter of admission; send an email to admissions@carey-edu.ca if you do not have this number). At the UBC Bookstore, your photo will be taken for the UBCcard.
    • For students not living in the area, you may request us to obtain the UBCcard barcode on your behalf and send it to you by email. Please inquire about this option at admissions@carey-edu.ca.
    • The PIN for the UBCcard is initially the last 5 digits of the barcode number. This PIN needs to be changed for security reasons.
  • UBC Library borrowing privileges are available with the UBCcard, which is obtained as described above.
  • The H.R. MacMillan Theological Library of the Vancouver School of Theology and the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library of St. Mark’s College also extend their borrowing privileges to Carey students. Carey students should bring proof of their student status (Carey Student ID or registration invoice) to obtain a library card.
  • Reciprocal Borrowing privileges are available from many academic libraries across Canada with the use of a COPPUL card. Students with a valid UBCcard can request a COPPUL Card in person at the Koerner Library, Robson Square Library or UBC Okanagan Library. Distance students may contact David Harakal at david.harakal@ubc.ca or phone 604-822-1443 to have one mailed to you.