April 28, 2021 update:

AST’s Library is closed to the public. Curbside services are available. To schedule a curbside pickup, call the Circulation Desk at 902-423-7986.

November 26 update:

AST’s Library is closed to the public. Library services continue, including curbside pickup. Access to study spaces and stacks is available by appointment, and appointments can be made in advance or at the door. To make an appointment, or to get a curbside pickup, call the Circulation Desk at 902-423-7986.

Library hours remain the same, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

August 31 update:

In person library services began on August 31st. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Physical distancing, face masks and regular cleaning practices have been implemented to make the space as welcoming and safe as possible. We ask that patrons read the signs and follow the new regulations. Staff are more than willing to answer questions about how the space and services have changed.

Curbside pickup will continue even through the doors are open as we realize some people may prefer to not enter. Please read instructions on curbside pickup here

July 23 update:

  • The library will be open for the Fall Term, with restrictions to ensure that physical distancing measures can be observed
  • Specific guidelines on access, capacity, barriers, signage, cleaning, and curbside pickups, etc., will be in place and will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis, with adjustments as necessary

June 4 update:


AST library staff are working remotely this summer. Although we do not have a physical front desk please use astcirc@astheology.ns.ca or 1-902-423-7986 as you would use the front desk. Our virtual front desk hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. All questions are welcome! If you are a new student and do not have a library account please contact bmurrary@astheology.ns.ca for setup.

Please visit the library website to search the catalogue and access our databases. If you are new to our databases or need a refresher please see our new Online Resources Infographic. Keep in mind that courses are only two weeks long and due to current mail volumes within Canada Post, online resources are the best option for researching. 

Access to print books

Curbside pickup is available if you live within two hours of AST. Please contact Kathy Stay to schedule a pickup time.

If you live more than two hours away, books can be placed in the mail. Please keep in mind that due to shorter two-week classes combined with current mail volumes within Canada Post we cannot guarantee that the books will get to you in a timely manner. We encourage you to look at our online resources. To make a mailing request please contact Brad Murray

If requesting print books include:

-Your full name

-Your current full mailing address

-Library card barcode number

-Book title and call number (ex: The Cry of Tamar, BT 704 c66 1995)

March 19 update:

Although the AST Library is closed to the public, select library services remain available.

Online and Electronic Resources

Access to online databases, electronic journal articles, and eBooks will continue without any foreseeable interruption.

If you encounter any access issues (broken links, Open Athens credentials, etc.) please contact Robert Martel (rmartel@astheology.ns.ca).

Requests for Books

Please send email requests for print books from the AST collection to Kathy Stay (kstay@astheology.ns.ca) during the hours of 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

All requests must contain:

  • Your full name
  • Library card barcode number
  • Book title and call number (ex: The Cry of Tamar, BT 704 C66 1995)

You will be notified by email once your request has been received and a pickup time will be arranged. Note: There will be no admittance to the AST library. Items will be packaged and placed in front of the library entrance doors for collection.

Return items can continue to be placed the book drop next to the entrance doors.

Research Assistance

Reference questions can be sent to Robert Martel (rmartel@astheology.ns.ca).

The following services are currently unavailable:

  • Access to print reserve readings (books and articles)
  • Interlibrary loan (book and journal article) requests
  • Request for books and other materials from Novanet libraries
  • Requests for photocopied materials

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. We look forward to assisting you in having a successful term. Any general questions about the AST Library during shutdown can be directed to Library Chair, Emily Cooke (ecooke@astheology.ns.ca).