About the Ambrose Library
The Ambrose Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Ambrose University College and Ambrose Seminary. It is one of the largest private academic libraries in western Canada. Its rapidly growing collection features more than 120,000 bound volumes and 185 magazine and journal titles. Particular strengths include Christian studies, history, music, behavioural science, business, English, and Islamics. For more information on the library’s collections, as well as annual reports, see below.
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 College, Ambrose Seminary, and the CMAC. In addition, a special research collection of books and periodicals documents the history and thought of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene.
Ambrose belongs to a local consortium of academic libraries that also includes the University of Calgary, St. Mary’s University College, and Bow Valley College. The students, faculty, and staff of the participating institutions may borrow up to 50 items at a time on two-week loan from any of the four member libraries.
The students, faculty, and staff of Ambrose may place holds online (for materials from the Ambrose collection). See FAQs for more information.
Calgary-area residents who are not enrolled in or employed by members of the consortium are welcome to register for a Community Reader’s Card. The membership is free of charge, but there will be a $5 fee to replace lost cards.
Calgary-area residents who are not enrolled in or employed by members of the consortium are welcome to register for a Community Reader’s Card. The membership is free of charge, but there is $5 one-time fee to cover the initial cost of the library card, and a $5 fee to replace lost library cards.
For more information on the library's services, please see the Services page.
The Ambrose Library both holds and offers access to large amount of print and electronic resources to assist your academic pursuits.
The library houses a collection of more than 120,000 volumes including extensive holdings in theology, biblical studies, missions, pastoral theology, history, Islamics, Music, English literature, behavioural science, and business. For further statistical information on this and the rest of the library’s collections see the latest annual report, below.
The library has current paper subscriptions to approximately 185 magazines and journals. Back issues are either bound or acquired in microform. The periodical collection is available for in-library use only, but articles may be copied on the library’s photocopier ($.10/page) or reader-printer ($.15/page). For a list of the full-text electronic databases to which the library subscribes, see electronic databases.
The collection includes more than 500 videos and DVDs and more than 1,600 sound recordings. These media are available for two-week loan.
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.
Chinese and Korean Material
The library houses a limited collection of theological books in both Chinese (catalogued) and Korean (uncatalogued).
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.
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.
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