Parish Library

St. Thomas's Parish Library is located in the parish hall. It is open on Sundays after the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. All parishioners have borrowing privileges. Borrowing is on an honour system. 

About the Library

In April 2017, after a number of years of being unavailable, the St. Thomas's library opened once again.

David Jones of the library committee has completely recatalogued and computerized the collection. After a visit to an admirable church library at St. James Humber Bay, the committee decided to purchase ResourceMate, a popular library-management system that will serve us well into the future. Not only did it aid David in his recataloguing, giving him access to the records of the Library of Congress and other sources, but it will also allow us to manage our own records and handle circulation through a bar-code system as we grow the collection. David has input each volume in the system, assigning the bar codes and applying them to the books. He has also applied very handsome plastic protective covers to most of the volumes. Over the year of his labours, David has rediscovered a love of cataloguing, dormant since his library-school days. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

The library committee – parishioners David Jones, Pat Kennedy, Jeff Creighton, Felicity Pickup (pictured at right, checking out a book for Bonnie McKenzie), and Catherine Spence, library-science graduates all – are staffing the library every Sunday after the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services (with possible reduced hours in the summer). Please drop by and browse the collection. We welcome questions and suggestions.

While we welcome donations, given our space and efforts to represent various areas, we must reserve the right to be selective. Our main aim is to present a collection that provides parishioners with titles that will support them in living as Christians and understanding both their Christian faith and its Anglican expression. We will also do what we can to respond to the needs of church-related courses and discussions.

Check it out (literally)!

– Pat Kennedy

Notes on the Collection

The collection is an interesting one. It contains Biblical, historical theology and spirituality-prayer material. Notably, there is a great selection of biography of leaders of the church throughout history, ranging from Merton to Melancthon. We do have an excellent representation of Anglican leaders and thinkers. We are strong in the topics of historical theology and biography, and prayer and spirituality.


If you would like to donate to the library, please contact the church office at and we will arrange to meet you.


The Parish Library Catalogue

Title Author Subject
Windows Onto God Runcie, Robert Spiritual Life
Windsor Castle Residential buildings: castles
Wisdom of the desert , The Merton, Thomas Desert fathers
Wishful thinking, a theological ABC Buechner, Frederick attitudes, Religions: beliefs
With open hands Nouwen, Henri J.M. Prayer
Women & Christianity Maitland, Sara Ecclesiology
Women and the church's ministry Johansson, Nils Christianity: socio-economic problems
Women of spirit Ruether, Rosemary Women in Christianity - history
Women priests? Mascall, Eric L. Ecclesiology
Women's Bible Commentary , The Newsom, Carole A. Bible: commentaries
Word among us: reflections on the readings of the Re O'Driscoll, Herbert Bible - Criticism, etc., interpretation
Word and mystery O'Donovan, Leo Jesus Christ: biography
Word for the world Devotional
Word is very near you: a guide to praying with scrip Smith, Martin L. Prayer
World Christian encyclopedia Barrett, David B. Christianity & other religions
World of the Talmud , The Adler, Morris Judaism
World, the flesh, and Father Smith , The Marshall, Bruce Fiction
Worship Underhill, Evelyn Theology
Worship in a new key Sloyan, Gerard S. Liturgy
Worship of the Church , The Shepherd, Massey Jr. Worship
Worship of the church, The Shepherd, Massey H. Book of Common Prayer
Wound of knowledge , The Williams, Rowan Spiritual Life
Wounded healer, The Nouwen, Henri J.M. Pastoral theology
Wounded prophet - a portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen Ford, Michael Henri J.M., Nouwen
Written in red Wheeler, Francis L. Meditations
Ye are the body Spencer, Bonnell Church history
Year of the Lord , A O'Driscoll, Herbert Meditations
Years of discretion Religious education
York Minster Churches
You. Prayer for beginners Link, Mark Prayer
Your confirmation Stott, John R.W. Sacraments
Your God is too small Phillips, J. B. God
Your word is near Oosterhuis, Hureb Prayer
[3 addresses, St.James Cathedral, Toronto, October 2 Borg, Marcus J. Jesus Christ