Library Services

Rutherford Library at the University of Alberta provides services to St Stephen’s students. The Rutherford Library is located just north of St Stephen’s College, and just west of the HUB mall on the University Campus.

To obtain a University of Alberta Library card, go to the Rutherford Library Service desk and identify yourself as a St Stephen’s College student (bring photo ID; your name will be on a St Stephen’s student list there). You will receive a paper library card, which allows you to borrow materials for an entire term. The card must be renewed annually; this can be done either in person or by phoning the Rutherford Library Service Desk (780-492-5791). You may register for delivery services with the U Alberta Libraries Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery Office by calling 780-492-3795. You can consult the Rutherford Library Home Page at: Students wanting to access the U Alberta library computers need a CCID (Campus Computing Identification) number to use the computers in the library (for database searching, journals, etc.). St Stephen’s students will need to apply, in person with picture ID, at the library, for a ‘guest’ CCID. Library staff will issue a temporary CCID just for the day. This service is available only to students who are able to be in attendance at the library.

St Stephen’s College Reference Library is located on the lower level of St Stephen’s College. With over 500 volumes, this collection supports the programs that are being offered through St Stephen’s College. Its strengths lie in biblical studies, theology, church history and pastoral counselling. The library’s main function is to provide onsite resources for students and faculty of St Stephen’s. Books and material must remain in the Reference room at all times except for photocopying purposes within the College.

Online Database

St Stephen’s students will be provided with access to an online database subscription service through EBSCO Publishing. “Academic Search Complete” is the world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. It comprises more than 7,000 full-text periodicals, including nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text documents, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,000 journals and a total of more than 11,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and the like. The database features PDF content dating back to 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 journals. For access to “Academic Search Complete”, go to You will be prompted to enter a User ID and Password.

To obtain your ID and Password, contact the Registrar’s Office( Tutorials for performing searches can be found at: This subscription is for the use of St Stephen’s College students and faculty only; please keep your User ID and Password strictly confidential.

Open Access Publications

The directories below can be used to help discover databases that are free of copyright issues/concerns:

Over 1,600 open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Includes the ‘For Authors’ service to look up where to publish your research as Open Access

  • Directory of academic Open Access repositories:
  • OAIster search engine http: collection of academically-oriented digital resources searchable by anyone
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations An international organization dedicated to promoting the creation, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations