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Collections & Resources


The library houses a collection of more than 120,000 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 College and Seminary, and their predecessors. The Archives also serve as the official archives of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.



Periodicals & Journals

The library has current paper subscriptions to approximately 185 magazines and journals. Back issues are either bound or acquired in microform. The periodical collection is available for in-library use only, but articles may be copied on the library’s photocopier ($.10/page) or reader-printer ($.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. Oversized 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 Catalogue
The Alberta Library Online
Calgary Public Library
St. Mary's Library

Library Information

Library Hours of Operation


June 10 - September 4:

Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Library Closed Weekends & Stat Holidays