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Library Hours

Fall Semester

Mondays 9am-7pm

Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm

Closed every Tuesday for chapel 11:25am-12:25pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Closed Monday, October 9




Library Services

The fully automated Edna Pridham Memorial Library is the centre of research activity on campus for college and Distance Education students. The 7,000 square foot library provides a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for study as well as wireless access. Our shelves are home to approximately 21,000 books, 4,000 journal volumes, and a number of current journal subscriptions. From the eight computers in the library, patrons may access a variety of online indexes and databases including access to approximately 6,500 full-text, online journal and magazine titles through EBSCO journal database. In addition to journals, the EBC Library has online access to nearly 140,000 full-text eBooks through three eBook collections.
Students, staff, and faculty of EBC may access these online resources both on and off-campus. In addition to borrowing books, patrons may use a full range of reference services and research assistance provided by the library. To contact the library please call (519) 894-8900 ext. 269. To reach individual library staff, please refer to the Staff and Faculty page for extension numbers.

Search the Library Catalogue online. Learn more about our online catalogue with this short tutorial on using the library catalogue.  


  • Ruth Anne Thornton, Library Manager


General Library Information


  • Books –  $0.25 per day, per item
  • 2-hour Reserve – $1.00 per 2 hours late, per item
  • VHS and DVD – $1.00 per day, per item

*Fines must be paid and amount owing at a zero balance before grades are released at the end of the semester.  Borrowing privileges are suspended if fines exceed $10 at any time.


EBC Library maintains two special collections:

  • Ahrens Street Collection: This is a collection of books from the original EBC Library. This collection is found in the Edna Pridham Alcove in the Library and is available for in-library use.
  • Hugh Hill Collection: an extensive collection of books on Anabaptism can be found in the Hugh Hill Memorial Room in the Library and are available for in-library use.

Loan Periods

  • Book – 2 weeks – 2 renewals (Students)
  • Book - 4 weeks - 2 renewals (Community users/Alumni) 
  • Reserve Room – 2 hour- no renewals
  • Video/DVD/CD – 1 week – no renewals

All fines outstanding on your card must be paid by the end of each semester before grades are released.
Community patron fines must be paid in order for any books to be checked out.

Renewing materials

Note: Materials cannot be renewed online after the due date. Please call or email.

  • Telephone: (519) 894-8900 ext. 269 or 234
  • E-mail:
  • Online: Log onto Populi Library and connect to your library profile.  Simply click the renew button for each title you wish to renew.
  • In person: Come to front desk to renew.  It is not necessary to have the books with you in order to renew.

How many books may I check out?

  • Students, staff, faculty – 30 books            
  • Community borrowers, alumni and pastors – 15 books

Reserve materials

Loan periods:  2 hour
Restrictions have been placed on the borrowing period for all of these items by their instructor. All materials may be borrowed for a limited time period.  Students may check out a maximum of 2 Reserve items at any time.  Due to the high demand of reserve items, renewals are not permitted.  Late fees for reserves returned late are $1 per 2 hours late.


To access the pre-paid photocopier and printer patrons need to set up an account with the library.  A pre-loaded amount will enable patrons to print and copy with convenience.  

*Any money remaining on the account at the end of the semester will be refunded to student, or applied to their next semester’s printing account. 

It is not possible to print or copy in the library without setting up an account.

The cost of printing or photocopying is $0.20 per printed side. Users are expected to pay for any ruined copies except for machine error; repairs should be handled by library staff only. The copyright law of Canada governs photocopies of copyrighted materials. The person using the copier is liable for any infringement.  A summary guideline for acceptable photocopying practice is available below.

Copyright Information

Today many students photocopy articles and books and print online resources that are under copyright protection.  The Copyright Act is the legislation in Canada that sets out what you can and cannot do with other people’s copyright materials.  Access Copyright provides users with the means to copy from copyright protected materials while ensuring creators and publishers are fairly compensated.  A detailed sign of permissible copying practices can be found near the EBC Library photocopier.

Up to 10% of a printed published work may be copied, and the following may be copied even if they exceed 10% of the full work:

  • an entire newspaper article or page
  • an entire short story, play, poem, essay or article from a book or periodical issue containing other kinds of works
  • an entire single item of print music from a book or periodical issue containing other kinds of works
  • an entire entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, annotated bibliography or similar reference work
  • an entire reproduction of an artistic work from a book or periodical issue containing other kinds of works
  • an entire chapter which is 20% or less of a book

Community Borrowers, Alumni, Local Pastors 

As a small, privately funded library, we provide limited service to the broader community. Members of the community are welcome to use the library and may apply for borrowing privileges at no charge. Please register in person at the circulation desk.  All above guidelines and rules regarding borrowing privileges and use of the library apply to community borrowers, with the exception that a limit of 15 books may be signed out and in your possession at any given time.  Note that COURSE RESERVE books are not  available for loan to community borrowers.  Please phone for further information at 894-8900, ext. 234.