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Collections & Resources


The library houses a collection of more than 130,000 volumes including extensive holdings in theology, biblical studies, missions, pastoral theology, history, Islamics, music, English literature, behavioural science, and business. 





Special Collections and Archives

The library has a specialized research collection in the history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene.

The Ambrose Archives document the history of Ambrose University and its predecessors. The Archives also serves as the official archives of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and the Church of the Nazarene in Canada.



Periodicals & Journals

The library subscribes to more than 97,000 e-journals and 112 paper magazines and journals. In the latter case, back issues are either bound or in microform. The physical periodical collection is available for in-library use only, but articles may be copied on the library’s photocopier ($.10/page) or scanned (no charge) on the library's photocopier or, in the case of microforms, reader-printer (copying only, $.15/page). 

journal databases by subject



Chinese Resources

The library houses a collection of theological books in Chinese (catalogued).

CHINESE REsource CATALOGUe: Download excel file

Oversize Collection

To facilitate reshelving the library places any book taller than 28.5 cm. in a special oversize collection. Such volumes are designated “oversize” in the catalogue. The oversize collection is housed adjacent to the reference collection. Oversize items may be borrowed on two-week loan.

Reference Collection

The library’s extensive reference collection of more than 4,000 volumes includes dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, atlases, and duplicate copies of the major biblical commentary series. Reference volumes do not circulate.

Audiovisual Media

The collection includes more than 500 videos and DVDs and more than 1,600 sound recordings. These media are available for two-week loan.


Other Recommended Libraries

Wanting to search for resources in other libraries?  We recommend the following libraries to find other resources outside of the Ambrose holdings:

UofC Library 
The Alberta Library Online
Calgary Public Library
St. Mary's Library

Library Information

Library Information

The Ambrose Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Ambrose University. It is one of the largest private academic libraries in western Canada. Its rapidly growing collection features more than 130,000 bound volumes and 350,000 e-books. Particular strengths include Christian studies, history, music, behavioural science, business, English, and Islamics. More information on the library's collections and services can be found in the annual reports.

The library also seeks to serve the local congregations of the Church of the Nazarene in Canada and Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (CMAC), as well as the broader Calgary community.

The Ambrose Archives, which is administered by the library, serves as the official repository for the institutional records of Ambrose University, and its predecessors. The Archives also serves as the official archives of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and the Church of the Nazarene Canada. 

Library Hours of Operation

Early Term (until Feb. 22):
Monday: 8:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Library closed Sundays & Stat holidays. 


Phone: (403) 410-2946