Library Resources for M.Div 3 Students


Library Resources for M.Div 3 Students

Welcome to your M.Div 3 year! Here is a list of what is available to you in terms of print and electronic resources. Please note that this page will be updated as service offerings change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Important Note: Most of what is available to you via the McGill library network hinges on whether you are a current McGill student or not. Many of our IMY students are considered McGill students this year, but some are not. One big identifier of being a McGill student is having an active McGill email address.

Electronic Resources (e.g. e-journals, e-books, databases)

The Presbyterian College library does not currently have any electronic holdings, however, McGill Library has an extensive online collection. If you are a McGill student, you will be able to access these from home – if you are not considered a McGill student, however, you will not be able to access these from home. Normally, anyone would be able to go in person to a McGill campus library and be able to access their electronic resources, but given that, even if you were able to book a Study Hub (McGill students only), you would not be able to use the computers.

Borrowing Print Resources

McGill Collection (including McLennan and Birks collections)
Normally, M.Div 3 students would be able to borrow from the McGill Library print collection. This year, however, due to COVID-19, McGill’s library collections are closed to the public and only those with a current McGill email address are eligible for print borrowing/requests for curbside pickup at this time. To search the McGill Library collection, go to their catalog.
Note: To return McGill library books, please do so at a McGill library, not at the Presbyterian College Library.

Presbyterian College McLelland Library Collection

You can borrow print materials from this collection; most items are available for a monthly loan (with the exception of items on the main floor which may be on Reserve). There are some items on reserve specifically for MDiv 3 courses. If possible, email library@pcmtl.ca in advance to request any books that you’d like to borrow. The librarian is in the building on Tuesdays from 9-4:30 and can retrieve your items for you and check them out for you and leave them for pickup at a convenient location. To search the McLelland Library Collection, go to the McGill catalog, and after entering your search terms scroll down – you will see a “Held by Library” section – select “Presbyterian College Library” to limit your search.
Note: If you are visiting the Presbyterian College library on a day when the librarian is not there, and you wish to check out books, please either send an email to the librarian with your name and the *titles and call numbers* of the books you have borrowed. Or leave a note on the desk indicating your name and the books you checked out (again, title and call number). To return items from the Presbyterian College library, either come in person on a Tuesday, or you may leave your books with another Presbyterian College staff member.

Scanning

You may request that a chapter or journal article from the Presbyterian Collage McLelland Library be scanned and sent to you by email. Submit your request here: https://form.jotform.com/202444633823048
Please note that the librarian is only in on Tuesdays so there may be a delay in processing.

Research Assistance

Please email library@pcmtl.ca if you need research assistance on a particular topic, or need to track down the text of a citation. I will do my best to help with whatever tools I have at my disposal. We can set up a Zoom or phone appointment as well.

Other Options

Did you know that if you are a Quebec resident you can obtain access to all the online resources of the Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec (BAnQ)? In particular, the JSTOR online e-journal full text collection may be of interest. Visit this page to request your account (you will be able to use it from home).

Open Access Digital Theological Library

This initiative collects open access (free) content in the field of religious studies. It contains e-books and journal articles.

Need something else?

If you didn’t find what you were looking for, please contact me at library@pcmtl.ca.

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