New Library Hours

(effective on 1 Nov 2015)

Monday – Saturday
9 am – 6 pm
(Closed from 12 pm – 1pm; Wednesday, 12 pm – 2 pm)

Extended Hours

(effective from Monday, 7 March 2016)

Tuesday & Thursday only
6 pm – 9 pm

Note: Last loan transaction – 15 min. before closing time.

KINDLY NOTE THAT OUR LIBRARY SYSTEM WILL BE UNDER MAINTENANCE, UNABLE TO ACCESS SYSTEM FROM FRIDAY 13/10/2017 9.00PM TO SATURDAY 14/10/2017 9.00AM. We apologise for the convenience thus caused.

Our Collections

The BGST library has over 43,547 items. The main collections are:

Collection Items as at
1 Dec 2010
Items as at
1 Aug 2012
Items as at
25 Aug 2017
Lending & Reference 33,429 items 36,124 items 37,322 items
Serial 3,312 items 3,148 items 3,191 items
Audio-Visual 4,260 items 4,017 items 2,835 items
Realia 97 items 97 items 97 items
Theses 69 items 81 items 74 items

Note:Founding Principal Emeritus, Dr Quek Swee Hwa’s collection is at his home. Users who want to borrow items from this collection is to inform library staff. Library staff will then assist to obtain the items. Once the items are in the school, the users will be informed to collect the items. Please allow one week for library staff to complete this process.


The library has particularly strong resources in biblical studies and theology.

In April 2005, the library catalogue was made available on the Internet with the help of VTEC Systems. Besides multiple access, the web OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue) enables users to perform advance searches, save their bibliographical searches, renew their loans, book or reserve items remotely.

We are thankful to God for this good collection of resource material. We hope to serve the library needs of the BGST family and the Christian community at large efficiently.

Browsing The Library Online

To check the catalogue of the library, click to go to Vlib WebOPAC.

To check journal article citations, indexes and full-texts, click to go to EBSCO host. This is located on the bottom left menu of Vlib Web OPAC page.This subscription began in Nov 2008 through the kind donation of an Alumnus. The ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials is found in EBSCO host.

  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA’s online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 537,000 article citations from more than 1,633 journals (518 currently indexed), more than 225,000 essay citations from over 18,700 multi-author works, more than 494,000 book review citations, and a growing number of multimedia citations. This database begins in 1949 although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century. Full text is provided for more than 238,000 electronic articles and book reviews, from more than 100 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.
  • 130 over journals are available in ATLASerials (view here)
  • Please email the Librarian at lib@bgst.edu.sgto request for an EBSCO Host account.
  • 5 steps to enable you to read all articles in a (full-text) journal.
    1. Type the journal title in the 1st blank window and select field Source,
    2. Ensure the Boolean operator is AND
    3. Type the year (e.g. 2008) in the next blank window. Select the field YR Year Published.
    4. Use Filter by Publication Date on the right to sort the search by date order.
    5. Scroll down to the desired issue and read on!

We have a compilation that will help you to locate journals in Singapore but not available in BGST (discover here). For journals available in BGST library please use the OPAC to verify that the issue you need is available in the journal collection orview our serial list.

For National Library Board eResources, click to go to the NLB eResources. This is a free service provided for all Singaporeans. The 3 e-databases that may be helpful to your research are JSOTR, EBSCO host Academic and Proquest Religion. Registration is required to view these resources. For assistance, please inquire at the service counter.

For other electronic resources, use the OPAC, select browse on the left menu and from the Browse-drop-down menu select lectronic Resources by Call No., then click on browse. A list of electronic resources will be displayed on screen.

Charges For Lost or Damaged Materials

Special and academic materials are expensive, and they are on loan to you with the understanding that they will be returned in good condition. Replacement charges will be assessed for reasons such as lost or broken materials, highlighting in or otherwise defacing books, water damage, or failure to return materials. Charges usually amount to a replacement cost of the item and a $10 processing fee.

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