The Rev. Dr. Joseph C. McLelland Library consists of a spacious reading room overlooking the garden; it is managed by a professional, theological librarian and contains over 20,000 volumes. It specializes in Reformed and Presbyterian theology and history.
College students have physical and electronic access to the extensive McGill library collections. The records of the College’s Reformed collections are also available on line.
In 2007, The Presbyterian College library was renamed in honour of Rev. Dr. Joseph C. McLelland, in recognition and celebration of Dr. McLelland’s 50-year association with the College as a scholar, teacher, administrator, leader and mentor in theological education that has shaped generations of students and ministers.
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.