Stirling has a modern and well equipped library. The combined Stirling / Tabor Victoria Library provides resources for theological study and research, for students of the College, for persons in ministry in the Churches of Christ, and for other interested persons upon application. The ‘on floor’ collection includes in excess of 30,000 volumes of books; current journal subscriptions and online databases. The strength of the collection is in the area of biblical studies, theology, pastoral theology and practical ministry. In addition:
- Students at Stirling and Tabor College Victoria have reciprocal borrowing rights to each others libraries. With approximately 100,000 volumes accessible on site students have access to a substantial collection
- The Stirling library provides access to ebooks via the EBL platform. Students are able to search tens of thousands of ebooks from over 200 publishers.
- Stirling students also have borrowing rights to any of the other theological libraries of colleges that are Recognised Teaching Institutions of the MCD University of Divinity. These collections when combined total well over 500,000 volumes
- The library also offers: study areas, reference services, wireless internet access, remote access to the catalogue and online databases, inter-library loans (user pays), printers and photocopier facilities.
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Useful information for students
Antonella Newnham is the librarian at Stirling
Her hours are Mon, Tues & Wed between 10am – 3pm
Mon to Thurs 9.30am-8.30pm
Fri 9.30am -6.00pm
Mon to Thurs 9.30- 5.30pm
Fri 9.30am -6.00pm
Saturday Dates in 2015: 10am – 4 pm
2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd May;
1st, 8th, 15th, 29th August;
5th, 12th September;
Students are able to borrow up to 8 books from the general collection for a period of 3 weeks. In addition you may borrow 1 item from the 7 Day Loan collection and 3 from the various other collections (see below) in the library.
To allow for equitable access to resources, renewals are not permitted.
Items returned after their due date will incur an overdue fine of 50c per book per day until the item is returned. Overdue reminders are sent periodically but the onus is on you to know when your items are due back. Excessive fines may result in library privileges being suspended.
There are two photocopiers in the library. One is coin operated and the other works off your student ID card (you will need to purchase credit on your card at the front counter and set up a password for yourself). Both charge 15c per copy.
Students are bound by current copyright regulations. A copy of the regulations can be found on the coin operated photocopier.
Laser printing is also available and works in the same way as the student ID card operated photocopying. The cost is also 15c per page.
Internet & WiFi.
Students have free access to the internet & WiFi at Stirling. Please check with the general office to obtain the WiFi college password. Click here to view the College’s internet use policy.
In addition to the general collection, the library also maintains a number of other collections:
- Reference. These books are not for loan and can only be used within the library
- Reserve. Books that are deemed required reading for the currently running units of the College, are placed on the reserve shelf. These books are also not for loan but can only be used within the library. This collection changes during the course of the year.
- 7 Day Loan. Books that are also deemed important to currently running units are restricted to a 7 day loan period. These books are still kept within the general collection but are clearly marked as a 7 day loan item. This collection also changes during the course of the year.
- Journals. Stirling library currently subscribes to 45 journals, with holdings to many other titles as well. Journals are also not for loan.
- Other minor collections. These include pamphlets, DVDs & other audio/visual formats.
Donations & excess stock
From time to time, items that have been donated but not required by the library or items that have been removed from the library collection itself are sold at very cheap prices.