Purpose of Collection:

The Religion collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Religion is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Religion Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • History of religions
  • World religions
  • Philosophy and theory of religion
  • Methodology and hermeneutics of the study of religion
  • Greco-Roman religion
  • Christian origins
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and art and symbols
  • Religion and anthropology
  • Religion and globalization
  • Religion and psychology
  • Religion and politics
  • Religion and public life
  • Religion and public policy
  • Religion and sociology and society
  • Religion and women
  • Religion and ecology
  • Modern religious thought and culture
  • Religious ethics
  • Mysticism Mythology

Selection Guidelines


Primarily new scholarship is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


All regions with emphasis on Canada.


English and French are the primary languages of the collection. Other languages will be collected upon request.


Books, journals, conference proceedings, government documents, maps.


Pamphlets, devotional literature, pastoral literature, biographies

Some material, such as revised dissertations, reprints, and translations, will only be collected by faculty request.

Additional Collection Information

Content last reviewed: