Theological studies require skills in research and writing. Here you will find help for developing those skills, including finding good sources, citing sources, as well as subject specific research guides. If you need further help, please feel free to contact us in the library or by email at

Selected new books

Find a complete list of new books and eBooks here.


Caven Library stacks have reopened. Patrons must show a current TCard and a UCheck green screen. Access to the building is available only through the north parking lot door.

Library help for research is available through  

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2021 Fall

Caven Library stacks are open to current TCard holders Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Reading Room

Caven Library Reading Room is open to current students and residents of Knox College by appointment only.


All statutory holidays

Labour Day (Sept 6)

Thanksgiving (Oct 11)

Library Resources: Search the U of T Libraries

Name of Database

Databases & Catalogue

Knox College/TST students have full access to the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) resources, print and electronic. UTL subscribes to a wide range of electronic databases containing newspapers, magazines, journals, and books.

Online Catalogue: search for books, specific journal titles (not articles), media.

Databases: use databases to find articles and citations on your topic. Sign in with your UTORid when off campus.

Below are select databases that are helpful when researching in the areas of theology, Christianity, and related subjects.

If you can’t find what you need and would like some personal assistance, please feel free to email the library at with your question or to book an appointment with a librarian. You can also stop by the library and ask us for help anytime we are open

Library Services

In this section, find the basics about using Caven Library, and more about the services it provides — including info on photocopying, wifi, computer access, and where to find the special items your professor put on reserve for your class. How do you get a library card? How long can you keep books before they’re due? What are the fees for overdue books?

Library Services


Writing & Citing

Here, you’ll find resources for writing well and properly citing your sources.

Alumni Services

Access and Borrowing Privileges

Caven Library also provides services to Knox Alumni and PCC ministers. There are several types of library membership cards that are available. A Knox College Card may be obtained at the Circulation Services Desk for Knox alumni and PCC ministers. Other cards can be obtained at the Reader Registration Desk on the first floor of the Robarts Library.

Membership Coverage

*This membership does not provide remote access to online resources. Ask the Circulation staff for guest access to use the computer terminals.

*Caven Library will mail books to alumni outside the GTA (Hamilton is included as part of the GTA).

The Research Reader, the Alumni Reader, and the Alumni Research Reader cards do not allow access to online resources.

Membership Rates

Renewing Items

Please email or call the library to renew your items.

Online Databases Available to Alumni

Alumni may use the Library’s electronic resources in the Caven Library, but due to contractual limitations, they do not have remote access.

Knox College alumni do, however, have free access to Atla for Alumni, an online collection of hundreds of major religion and theology journals.

The journals in this collection have been selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. Through this platform, users can research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present in more than 210,000 articles and book reviews. Available titles include such journals as Christian Century, Interpretation, Journal of Biblical Literature, Sociology of Religion, Theological Studies, and Worship. A full listing of journals is available at Atlas.

Access to the collection is available through a password-protected site. To obtain the password, please send an email to Request for Atlas Access to Please provide your full name, the degree obtained, and year you graduated. When the request is received, an account name and password will be sent back to you via e-mail.

In addition to the Atla service, a number of free web resources are available to alumni here, including:

Directory of Open Access Books

Directory of Open Access Journals

Annotated Links to Websites on Religion and Theology

Religious Studies Web Guide

Virtual Religion Index

Voice of the Shuttle

Religious Worlds

Also, for those leading worship: Preaching and Worship LibGuide 

Contact Us

We are happy to help you with your information needs. Please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or in person at the library.

Reader Services

Tel. (416) 978-4504

Director of Library Services

Joan Pries
Tel. (416) 978-6090

Cataloguer/Technical Services

Anne McGillivray
Tel. (416) 978-6719

McKay Resource Centre Coordinator

Laura Alary
Tel. (416) 978-4504