Library Resources for Off-Campus & Distance Students

Borrowing options

How to access AST's online resources from off campus

Chat reference

Phone reference

  • The Circulation Desk can be reached at 902-423-7986

Minimal technology requirements

  • The latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari are the minimal internet browser required to use our online resources
  • High speed access is required for most of our research databases and online journals


  • AST uses Brightspace. Students having problems accessing Brightspace can contact the ITSS Help Desk at Saint Mary's University at 902-496-8111 or email
  • Please note in your communication with the SMU Helpdesk that you are an AST student. If you require additional assistance, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at AST by email only please at
  • If you send an email message, please include “Brightspace Login Difficulties” in the subject line of the email message


ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Initiative

The AST library is a member of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) based out of the United States. ATLA has recently started a program to connect member schools and to serve and loan materials out to distance and visiting students and faculty. A list of participating libraries is provided in the link below.

From ATLA:


  • Be a patron in good standing at a participating library.
  • Be prepared to show proof of current enrollment at a participating library.
  • Be informed about and abide by the rules and policies of the libraries they use.
  • Return materials in a timely fashion according to the rules of the lending library.
  • Assume responsibility for all materials borrowed, including but not limited to payment for lost/damaged materials and overdue fines

Questions, please contact Brad Murray –