The College Library consists of a
spacious reading room overlooking the
garden and a stack area; it is
managed by a professional, theological librarian, and contains
volumes, including a number
of rare antiquarian items. It specializes in Reformed and
Presbyterian theology and history, and has a cooperative
acquisitions policy with the Birks Reading
Room of the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies. College
students have access, both in person and through a computer
terminal, to the extensive McGill library collections. The
records of the College's antiquarian and Reformed collections
are input into the McGill Libraries' automated catalogue and are
thus available across Canada via a computerized network. A
reference service and bibliographic searching are available in
both English and French.
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Regular hours of the Library
are as follows:
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 11:30am, 1:30am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday to Monday: Closed
The library hours are
reduced during the summer.
On February 1, 2007 the Board of
Governors of the Presbyterian College announced that the College
Library is being renamed in honour of Rev. Dr. Joseph C.
McLelland, in recognition and celebration of Dr. McLelland's 50
year association with the College.
In sharing this announcement, College Principal the Rev. Dr.
John Vissers said "Dr. McLelland's contribution to the
Presbyterian College over 50 years is a milestone that deserves
to be recognized. Joe's work as a scholar, teacher,
administrator, leader, and mentor in theological education has
shaped generations of students and ministers. We've been truly
blessed to have him as part of our little community of faith and
learning over five decades."
McLelland joined the faculty of The Presbyterian College in 1957
as the Robert Professor of the Philosophy of Religion. He was
subsequently also appointed to the McConnell Chair of the
Philosophy of Religion at McGill University's Faculty of
Religious Studies. He is a graduate of McMaster University
(B.A.), The University of Toronto (M.A.), Knox College (B.D.),
and the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.), and holds honorary
degrees from the Montreal Diocesan Theological College and Knox
Professor McLelland is the author of numerous books and articles
ranging from The Other Six Days to Prometheus Rebound: The Irony
of Atheism and most recently edited (with Emidio Campi)
Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in the Peter Martyr
Library. From 1975 to 1985 he served as Dean of the Faculty of
Religious Studies at McGill, and he has also served as Acting
Principal of the Presbyterian College. He was the moderator of
the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in
1985. A special dedication event marking the renaming of the
library took place in Fall 2007.