780 Argyle Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 5T2
Phone 705-749-0725 extension 248

Hours of Operation

Main Doors Open Mon – Thurs 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(September – June)

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays and statutory holidays.

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We know that finding resources for your assignments and research papers can be challenging. We are currently hiring a Director of Learning Resources who can answer your questions, offer suggestions, provide library orientation, help you access books and journal articles, and suggest research strategies. Stay tuned!

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Library FAQs

The Library Catalogue is available 24/7. Search the MCS library collection online to locate books in the college’s library.

As a student currently enrolled at MCS you can request a scan of up to 20% of a print book in the library. Email us with the Title, Author and section of the book you’d like scanned, and we will email this back to you. Library staff will scan the table of contents for you, too, if this will help you decide if the book has the information you need.

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  1. Place items on HOLD in the online catalogue.
  2. On campus students can drop by the library to pick up books. You will receive an email when your books are ready for pick up.
  3. Distance students may email staff to let them know you will need to arrange mailing.
  1. Place a HOLD on the book(s) that you would like to use
  2. E-mail staff at and let them know your books on HOLD are for scans. They will send you the table of contents for each book on hold.
  3. As soon as you receive the scans of the table of contents, reply with the chapter(s) you would like scanned. According to Copyright Law, this can be 20% of the book or up to 25% for an entire chapter.
  4. Staff will scan the needed chapters on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online Resources

Evergreen: The MCS Library Catalogue Helper

How to Perform a Basic Search
How to Login
How to Renew Books
How to Place a Hold

EBSCO Database

Access the EBSCO Database

To locate the EBSCO database login and password information, please visit your Library course in Populi.


MCS students can search for eBooks in EBSCOhost in the same way as searching for print books in the library catalogue. From the library catalogue, simply choose “Books (electronic)” under “Format” and type in your search terms. To read or download an eBook, click on the link to EBSCOhost and sign in.

Downloading eBooks
Downloading eBooks

Journal Articles


All MCS students can search for full-text journal articles online using Atla and the Religion & Philosophy Collection via the EBSCO Database.

These online collections of major religion, theology and philosophy journals are selected by leading religion scholars and theologians.

ATLA: an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. ATLA Religion Journal titles.

Religion & Philosophy Collection™: An essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies. More than 300 full-text journals dating back to 1975. More than 260 peer-reviewed titles. Topics include world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Religion & Philosophy Journal titles.

For tips on using Atla and the Religion & Philosophy Collection, view these videos or contact our librarians for advice.

Scriptural Citations
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Research Guides

Academic Integrity & Support

MCS uses Modern Language Association (MLA) Style for formatting assignments in all our courses. MLA provides a simple, uncomplicated way of formatting your assignments and providing references for the sources used.

Becoming familiar with MLA (recently updated to version 9) is important as it will help you avoid academic violations such as plagiarism.


For detailed information on MLA 9, we invite you to visit our MCS Research Guide to MLA 9.
The library has 2 copies of MLA Handbook Ninth Edition.
For those using Zotero, this resource has been updated to include MLA 9 changes.

Bibliographic Software: Zotero

To help students cite sources properly, and to quickly and correctly format a list of resources used in your assignment (on the Works Consulted or Works Cited page), we recommend using bibliographic software. Zotero is embedded in your browser and easily lets you collect and cite resources in many styles including MLA format. It will take a few minutes to learn it, but it will save you hours of time over the course of your studies.

Jason Puckett at Georgia State University has put together a comprehensive guide which includes a short video on how to install Zotero:

Download Zotero software and Zotero connector here: This is a two-part download.

Want an even simpler version of Zotero? Try ZoteroBib:

Borrowing Policies

Although MCS is a private institution, all persons are welcome to use our library materials. Borrowing privileges, however, are extended to visitors only when items requested are not in demand for current curriculum needs.

Borrower’s Responsibility
The library will hold the borrower whose name is on the computer circulation record responsible for all items checked out to that account. Responsibilities include:

  • Immediate notification of change of address or phone number
  • Returning all materials when due
  • Adherence to all library policies as stated in the Library Information Guides
  • Payment of fines and fees, as applicable

Library privileges may be revoked and/or fines assessed for infringements on existing library policies and procedures.

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Circulation Items Loan Period
Books Students & External Borrowers: Two weeks (14 days) with two renewals of two weeks each, assuming no holds or recalls apply. Faculty: Up to four months (120 days) with no renewals, assuming no holds or recalls apply.
DVDs, Videos, Audio One week (7 days) with no renewals.
Reserve Collection Materials Two-hour loans with no renewals.
Non-Circulating Items Reference, Periodicals, Microforms, Two-hour loan materials.

A maximum of three (3) items, with the exact Dewey decimal subject category, can be checked out or held on loan at one time by a Student Borrower. There is no limit on the number of subject categories, or total number of books that can be out, assuming no unpaid fines are on the library card at the time of checkout. External Borrowers are limited to a total check out of 15 items at one time.

Renewals, Holds & Requests


All borrowers are permitted two (2) renewal periods unless another borrower has requested the item. At the end of the three (3) circulation periods the borrowed item(s) must be returned. There are no renewals allowed for reserve items, DVDs, or Videos. Telephone renewals will generally be accepted; however, email renewals are preferred.

Recalls, Holds & Requests

Borrowers wishing to obtain materials in circulation may send an email request to Ruth Sadlier; sometimes another copy is accessible, which may speed up the delivery time.

Requesting Materials through Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan is a service that may be provided, if needed. Extra charges may apply for items obtained through ILL.


The Director of Learning Resources reserves the right to make any necessary changes in these regulations throughout the year.

Returns & Fines

To avoid fees, borrowers are responsible to return materials at the end of the loan period (or renewal date) or must show email confirmation of renewal extensions granted.

Circulation Items Loan Period
Books $0.25 per day (beginning on the date due) *Upon $10.00 of fines accumulated, library service will be suspended until full payment is received.
DVDs, Videos, Audio and special heavy demand items $1.00 per day
Reserve items loaned for 2 hours $1.00 per hour charged if overdue NOTE: When reserved items are returned, reserve materials are to be handed directly to the circulation staff member, not placed in the return book slot, or left on the desk.

* After 30 days – cost of the item plus a $6.00 processing fee. The processing fee is refunded if the item is returned.

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when books become overdue and/or fines are not paid. All library fees and fines must be paid in full 14 days prior to exam week, or the account will be transferred to the Finance Department for collection.

Loss of Materials

By checking out library materials, the borrower assumes full responsibility for the return or replacement of that material. Replacement cost plus a $6.00 non-refundable processing fee is charged when a book is lost.