The Library's retail cost (£120 per year) is being covered by Clergy Support Trust to make it FREE for the duration of your ordination and curacy training.
Download as many books as you want. New SPCK, IVP and Apollos titles will be added as and when they are published. Notable authors include:
- Tom Wright
- Kenneth Bailey
- Richard Rohr
- Rowan Williams
The Clergy Support Trust Library is available via web browser, Apple (iOS) and Android after you fill out the subscription form.
To verify eligibility, you will need a 6-digit code to sign up from your DDO, IME2 Officer or from Moodle (see the FAQs below).
All Anglican ordinands and curates (Initial Ministerial Education Phase 2 - IME2) in the UK and Ireland are being offered FREE access to a Library website and apps sponsored by Clergy Support Trust.
A partnership with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Inter-Varsity Press in the UK, the Library covers over 1,200 titles in e-book format from the SPCK/IVP catalogue of theological resources and other Christian books.
New sign-ups and curates-in-training (IME2)
In response to popular demand, and in recognition of the unique challenges of training as a curate, the Ordinand Library has now been renamed the Clergy Support Trust Library and has been extended as a free resource to all curates-in-training (IME2) in the UK & Ireland.
To start your subscription you will now need a 6-digit code when you subscribe (get the Library) to verify and activate your account for the apps and website. To obtain the code, please see the FAQs below. We cannot give out the codes directly to individual students.
Your subscription is renewed annually, for which you will get an email reminder to the email address you subscribed with a week before renewal. Like when you subscribed, a 6-digit code is needed (see FAQs below) which changes each year. Enter the code and login to your account then 12 months will be automatically added to your subscription.
If you have a problem accessing a book or with any technical issue then please raise a support ticket from within the app (which also saves helpful data to resolve your issue) or through the website form.
Who can access the library?
Free subscriptions are available for Anglican ordinands (IME1 in the Church of England) and curates-in-training (IME2) in the UK and Ireland.
To support access to the library and its use, librarians at Theological Education Institutions can have two licenses, and a further two licenses are available for diocesan directors of ordinands and those responsible for curate training.
Our charitable objects mean we are unable to extend Library access to lay ministers or those training for ministry in other denominations. However we have agreed with SPCK Publishing (who provide the service) that the technology (apps and website) can be used as-is to provide access to other groups. If this is of interest, please contact SPCK to discuss a possible access agreement.
Where do I get the code (ordinand)?
You should be able to get your code directly by logging into your training portal (which you might know as Moodle).
When logged in, look for 'The Hub', possibly in the right-hand-column, to take you to this central resource. You'll know you are there as it had a green band across the top.
In The Hub, look at the 'Hub Resources' menu and under the drop-down you will see 'Clergy Support Trust'. This asks if you are an ordinand and than you can click 'view access code', which is a 6-digit code.
If you don't manage to find the code then please ask your DDO or librarian at college, who should be able to give it to you or request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Codes are specific to where you are training (your TEI) and will change each year.
Where do I get my code (curate)?
If you are a curate-in-training (IME2), then you should be able to get your code from your diocesan CMD/IME2 officer.
They will have received this by an email from us directly and in the CofE from Keith Beech-Gruneberg in Ministry Division. The code will change each year and we hope to make it directly accessible soon.
Where do I get codes (DDO/ CMD/ IME2 Officer)?
Ordinands have a 6-digit code which is specific to where they are training (their TEI). These change each year and can be obtained directly by ordinands or by request.
If you go via your training Moodle into The Hub, and under 'Hub Resources' click on 'Clergy Support Trust'. This will ask if you are an ordinand, and once that question is answered you can click 'View access code'.
Please contact us on email@example.com with a list of the TEIs for which your ordinands need codes. Hopefully next year we will be able to send you the codes you need in advance as we will know where your ordinands are studying.
Curates have a single 6-digit code which you hopefully have received by either a direct email from ourselves and/or a newsletter, eg. for the CofE from Keith Beech-Gruneberg in Ministry Division.
The code changes each year in August, valid until the end of August. So if you haven't received by September for the given year then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll ensure you receive the codes in future.
How do I renew my subscription?
You should receive a renewal email about a week before your subscription ends with a link to this renewal page where you will need the current 6-digit code.
You cannot currently renew within the app directly and will need to sign in on the website version after entering your code. Renewals are now automatic and will add 12 months to your subscription.
Please do check your junk/spam and/or look for the sender email@example.com as this renewal email will come each year.
What if I am not an Anglican ordinand or curate-in-training?
The sponsored (free) subscriptions to the Clergy Support Trust Library are currently only available to Anglican ordinands and curates-in-training in the UK and Ireland, and those supporting their access (librarians, DDOs, IME2/CMD Officers).
We are asked occasionally to extend the resource to those who have completed their curacies, but this would increase the cost and administrative burden significantly and mean we have less money for the full range of other grants which are available for those in ordained Anglican ministry. Extending the resource to those in non-Anglican ministry would unfortunately not be consistent with our charitable objects.
If however an organisation such as a theological training institution or diocese would like access to this resource to be made available for a wider group than just Anglican ordinands and curates, then they should contact SPCK directly, since a bulk discount on the standard retail price for each of the SPCK and IVP libraries, currently £60 per year, may be available.