In response to ongoing COVID-19 public health concerns and safety measures, the ICS library (both St. George and Hamilton locations) is unfortunately closed and our staff will be working remotely until further notice. The ICS Institutional Repository remains accessible during this time. We apologize for this inconvenience, but if you have any research- or resource-related questions, please don't hesitate to contact our librarian Hilary Barlow. The easiest way to get in contact is by email.
Members of the ICS community can gain access to the library outside of these hours by request at the front desk. Hamilton location by appointment only.
Our library is open to the public for research purposes. Our library staff will be happy to assist you with your research requests by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (416-979-2331 ext. 250).
Due to the limited number of research and study spaces available in the ICS library, we request that all non-ICS members contact the librarian in order to make an appointment in order to use the space.
Faculty and graduate students of ICS and the University of Toronto (UofT), including the Toronto School of Theology (TST), may borrow books from the ICS library. The general loan period is 4 weeks, but varies depending on the item.
ICS Catalogue & UofT Library System
The ICS Library has now fully integrated its catalogue with the University of Toronto catalogue, enabling ICS users to search ICS collections through the UofT catalogue. To search the ICS collection exclusively while using the UofT catalogue, select the Advanced Search option and choose “Institute for Christian Studies” under Search Scope (pictured).
The 60,000 volume collection is centred on reformational and foundational studies, philosophy, philosophy of the disciplines, biblical studies, and the Calvinian tradition (e.g. Groen van Prinsterer, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd, Dirk Vollenhoven, and Hans Rookmaaker). It includes collections of Herman Dooyeweerd, M.C. Smit, Bernard Zylstra and George Vandervelde. There are Dutch materials, dissertations from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (VUA), student papers, theses and dissertations, and faculty works. The library subscribes to specialised journals such as Faith and Philosophy, Fides et Historia, and La revue reformée.
Since 2009, a large portion of the ICS library has been moved to a temporary storage facility at 625 Concession Street in Hamilton. Items may be requested for consultation at ICS. If you wish, you can make an appointment with the librarian to do your research at our Hamilton location.
A collection specifically on Faith & Learning has also been established. This collection is focused on materials which explore the relationship of Christian faith and intellectual scholarship.
The repository facilitates access to our research, creative works, and publications by collecting, sharing and archiving content selected and deposited by our faculty, graduate students and staff.
Faculty, graduate students and staff can use the institutional repository to set up collections and deposit content into the collection. To inquire about establishing a new collection, please contact us at email@example.com.