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Find books, journal titles, a/v resources and all materials available through the Caven Library and UofT Catalogue


Find online books, journals, newspapers, encylopedias and other resources
UofT e-resources

Resource Guides

These subject guides provide helpful suggestions for choosing article databases and reference tools (online and print) through the UTL. There may be others of use to your topic as well.

Some items may not be available anywhere here on the U of T campus, but can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Database Resource Guides by Subject

Book Reviews


Research Guide to Church History

Research Guide to Patrisitcs

Research Guide to Christian Music


Hebrew Bible/ Tanakh

Jewish History


Women in the Middle Ages

Citing Sources in Your Work

Course Reserves

Find out what your instructor has on reserve in the Caven Library by looking up their last name under Course Reserves on the UTL website. The course number will be automatically listed under the name – e.g. Macdonald, Stuart, Presbyterian Tradition in Canada.

Choose the course name under your instructor’s name and then select the details button to the left.

Reserve items are 2-hours, 3-hours, 1-day or 1-week loan periods, depending on the requests of the instructor. Items due back in 2 or 3 hours can be taken out 2 hours prior to closing time and returned the next morning at opening time.

Borrowing & Renewing

Permitted to persons holding valid UofT T/cards. Presbyterian clergy may register for a Knox College library card, clergy outside of Toronto may borrow by mail.

Loan Periods:

Undergraduates/Clergy 2 weeks + 3 renewals
Graduate students /Staff 4 weeks + 3 renewals
Faculty 6 weeks + 3 renewals
Knox Alunmi/ae PCC clergy 2 weeks + 1 renewal

Requests and renewals can be done on-line.

Get a Library Card

Get your University of Toronto library card (T/card) Library Card

Reference & Research

Reference service is available during the term from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Monday to Friday and in the summer during regular library hours. Reference service is not available on Saturday and the library is closed Sundays.

Computers, Photocopying, Printing

Caven library has eight computers for guest use in the Reading Room. Laptops may be used and wireless access is available for those holding valid UofT library cards. Printing is available at a cost of 15 cents per page and the photocopier is available using a T/card or coins.

Inter Library Loan (ILL)

Access to books and journals articles held at different University of Toronto campuses and other institutions worldwide is available online.  ILL Request

Writing a Paper

Most large academic institutions have writing centers that provide online guides to help users understand the process of writing a research paper. The following links are but a few of the centers that offer such information.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is one of the most detailed and helpful sites for academic reading and writing. It offers many online resources for every area of academic writing from research, to grammar, to crafting an argument, to proper reference styles, and more. (Use the ‘+’ signs beside each link for more information)

ESL Resources The ESL page at the Emory University Writing Center provides helpful links to online ESL resources at other websites.

Writing at the University of Toronto Look under ‘Advice’ section for Academic Writing

The Writing Center @ Rensselaer (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) includes: Basic Prose Style and Mechanics; Cover Letters; Critiques; Definitional Techniques; Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Senior Project Reports; Electrical Lab Report; Format; ESL: Use of Articles “A,” “An” and “The”; Graduate School Application Essays; Laboratory Reports; Memos; Preparing a Resume; Plurals of Greek- and Latin-Derived Nouns; Suggestions for Revising Prose; Thesis Development in analytical Writing; Writing with Gender-Fair Language.

Guides: book review or critique, annotated bibliographies , etc

A series of guides to Biblical & Theological Research has been created by Trinity College to assist you in your use of theological resources through the Toronto School of Theology.

How to search databases

There are good resources available to help you to learn the best way to search databases.

Scholars Portal is a multi-disciplinary database.
SPOTdocs Wiki

Contact Us

Reader Services
Tel. (416) 978-4504,
E-mail: knox.readerservices@utoronto.ca

Chief Librarian:
Joan Pries
Tel. (416) 978-6090
Email: joan.pries@utoronto.ca

Cataloguer/ Technical Services:
Anne McGillivray
Tel. (416) 978-6719
Email: anne.mcgillivray@utoronto.ca

McKay Resource Centre Coordinator:
Susan Sheridan
Tel. (416) 946-8536
Email: susan.sheridan@utoronto.ca


Special collections of the Caven Library include the McKay Educational Resources collection, the Walter Allum Preaching Library and Rare Books Collection.

The McKay Educational Resource Centre

A continuing resource for students, primarily in the Christian Education concentration at Knox College. This collection specializes in materials, both books and audio visuals, relating to Christian Education, particularly curricula used by the Presbyterian Church in Canada as well as audio visual resources to support Knox College courses. This collection continues to be part of the Ewart Library legacy.

For many years, Ewart College provided training for women, and later men, for full-time service in  mission work, both overseas and in Canada, and in social ministries and Christian education. In 1991, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada amalgamated Knox and Ewart Colleges, after which time much of the Ewart Library collection was integrated into the Caven Library. In cooperation with the McKay Education Resource Centre, Caven Library continues Ewart’s collecting emphases as they related to Christian education.

The Walter Allum Preaching Library

Established in honour of The Rev. Dr. Walter Allum by Knox Presbyterian Church, Dundas, is aimed at encouraging excellence in preaching for Knox and TST-wide students. Containing hundreds of sermon recordings and lectures directly related to preaching and related topics, this special collection provides a diversity of contemporary preaching voices and sermon models for students.

The Rare Books Collection

This collection dates back to 1497. The majority of this collection is seventeenth and eighteenth century works with an emphasis on Protestant reform literature and includes many valuable first editions. These books are housed in the University’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.


Fall & Winter:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am –9:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday CLOSED


April 16 through June 24

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday CLOSED


June 24 through August 26

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED

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UofT/TST Resources

As part of the larger fabric of the University of Toronto, Knox students have access to the wide range of services and resources of the University of Toronto Library (UTL) System. As the largest academic library in Canada and ranked among the top five research libraries in North America, eligible users have access to over 10 million volumes.

Research collections for non-religious fields are maintained elsewhere in the UTL System. Providing additional material which augments Caven Library’s collection are the Audiovisual Library, the Counselling & Learning Skills Resource Library, the Music Library, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Library, the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies Library (PIMS), the Reformation & Renaissance Studies Library, Robarts Library and other TST libraries. All of these are part of the UTL System and, therefore, readily accessible to eligible Knox College users.

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Community Worship

Community worship is held each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. during the academic year.
A community lunch occurs the first Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. in the dining hall.
A Communion Service is held every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.