The Campbell Edwards Library at Stirling Theological College is a modern and well-equipped library facilitating lifelong learning and equipping students to take an active role in their own formation. 

The collection includes over 30,000 volumes, journals and access to online resources including e-books. The collection has been built up to support the units taught at Stirling with strengths in biblical studies, theology, pastoral theology, counselling, and practical ministry as well as a comprehensive collection on the Stone Campbell Movement. 

Get Started.

The Campbell Edwards Library at Stirling Theological College will be open on Mondays from 10am to 3pm during Semester 1, 2022  (excluding non-teaching weeks).  This arrangement will begin on February 21st.

Students are welcome to visit the library during this time for book borrowing only.  Books on current Course Reserve lists will not be available as they are being managed off-site.  Online resources continue to be available anytime through the Library Hub.

Anyone visiting the library must be fully vaccinated, or have evidence of a valid medical exemption, and will need to check in and abide by the College’s covid-safe plan.

Search the Library

To search for print resources at the Campbell Edwards Library, please use the search bar below.  This will restrict your search to just the Stirling collection.  To broaden your search to include collections from other libraries and online resources, please use the Library Hub.

 

 

Library Hub

In 2015 the University of Divinity, through its Library Committee, established a shared online Library Hub to provide a single point of access to online resources for all members of the University 

The Library Hub provides access to an extensive range of resources.  A Google like search box simultaneously searches print resources of both UD and non-UD libraries as well as multiple online resources producing a single results list. It provides access to over 40 online databases, e-journals and e-books as well as a wealth of other library-related information, including FAQs and help-guides.  

Click here to access the Library Hub 

Additional Resources

Library Hub Guide – provides instructional videos on how to use the Library Hub. 

LibGuides – a collection of helpful guides on many subjects related to academic theology study. 

Style Guides – including both Chicago and APA, for referencing and bibliographies. 

Lean Library – a browser extension that delivers full-text content regardless of where you are linking from. 

Course Reserves – provides a list of Units taught at the University and a quick link to all the bibliographic lists for each Unit. 

Library Services

Loans

  • Coursework students can borrow up to 10 items for 3 weeks 
  • HDR students and staff can borrow up to 25 items for 10 weeks 
  • Other borrowers can borrow up to 5 items for 3 weeks 

You will need to present your UD Student ID card, which serves as your library card, in order to borrow books. 

Items can be renewed only if there is no other borrower waiting for that item.  

Items can be returned either directly to the library during opening times or through the after-hours chute located at the rear entrance to the library.  Please avoid lending library books to other students or relying on others to return books for you. 

Overdue reminder emails are sent periodically, however the onus is on the student to return items on time.  Excessive or persistent overdue books may result in library privileges being suspended. 

Inter-Library Loans

Inter-library loans can be arranged for Stirling Academic Staff and HDR students who are unable to locate a particular resource within the UD library network.  Books are borrowed for a period determined by the lending library. Book extracts and journal articles are mostly copied or scanned by the lending library and emailed to Stirling Library. Please contact the librarian if you would like to use this service. HDR student users of this service may be required to meet the costs of arranging the loan. 

Photocopying/Scanning 

The library’s copier can be used to either photocopy resources on paper, or scan resources directly to your email or USB (please bring your own USB stick).  This service is available to students free of charge.  Please be mindful of copyright restrictions, however. 

Internet Useage/Wifi 

Students have access to the internet and Wi-Fi on site at Stirling.  Please ask the librarian or admin staff for the Stirling student Wi-Fi password.  

UD Student ID Card 

All students and staff of the University of Divinity will be issued with an ID card.  This card also serves as your library card at your home College, Stirling.  You can also use this card to borrow from any of the libraries associated with the UD.  You will need to present your ID card and be registered with other UD libraries before you borrow. 

Library Policies

    Eligible Borrowers 

    • Staff and students of Stirling Theological College 
    • Staff and students of the University of Divinity and its member Colleges 
    • Alumni of Stirling and Churches of Christ Ministers are eligible for a 50% discount on current library membership fees (ie: $25 for 6 months or $40 for 12 months) 
    • Members of the public upon production of identification and payment of a borrowing fee.  Current fees are $50 for 6 months or $80 for 12 months. 

    Returns/Holds/Overdues 

    Items can be returned either directly to the library during opening times or through the after-hours chute located at the rear entrance to the library.  Please avoid lending library books to other students or relying on others to return books for you. 

    Items can be renewed only if there is no other borrower waiting for that item.  

    Overdue reminder emails are sent periodically, however the onus is on the student to return items on time.  Excessive or persistent overdue books may result in library privileges being suspended. 

    Copyright

    Students are bound by current copyright regulations when copying from library books.  A copy of the regulations can be found near the photocopier/scanner. 

    Donations 

    As a general rule, donations are not accepted at the Campbell Edwards Library, particularly multiple boxes.  If you believe you have items of value to the collection, particularly material dealing with Churches of Christ, or books purchased for your recent studies that you no longer require, please speak directly to the librarian. 

    Responsibilities 

    • Borrowers are responsible for all items borrowed on their cards. 
    • Please avoid lending library books to other students or relying on others to return books for you. 
    • Lost cards should be reported to library or admin staff immediately. 
    • Patrons are asked to respect the study environment of the library.  Conversations within the library should be brief and quiet.  Phone usage is also discouraged, and calls should be held outside the library. 
    • Please do not re-shelve library materials.  Please leave items on the returns trolley near the front entrance. 

    Library Collections

    Reserve Collection

    Items that are listed on the bibliographies of running units at Stirling and held within the library collection, will be placed on the Reserve Shelf for the duration of that unit.  These items are available for use in the library only and may not be borrowed.  You can check the library catalogue to determine if additional copies are available for loan or if the book is available in e-book format. 

    To view Course Reserve lists for your Unit/s please click here and search on your Unit title. 

    Reference Collection

    This collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, concordances, handbooks etc. and are not available for loan. 

    Journal Collection

    Includes periodicals, academic journals, magazines etc.  This collection is shelved in alphabetical order by title and issues are not for loan.  The majority of the collection is non-current with the library subscribing to only a select few on-going journals. 

    Main Collection

    Books held in the library’s main collection and available for loan.  They are classified under the Pettee system which is alpha-numeric and specifically developed for theological libraries.  Items with a call number starting with A-J are on the ground level, while those starting with K-Z can be found on the mezzanine level. 

    Online Collection

    As a Stirling student you have access to a wide range of resources in electronic format via the Library Hub. There are numerous databases including journal indexing databases as well as reference tools.  You can also access thousands of e-books.  The Stirling library has been actively increasing our e-book collection, particularly items listed on unit bibliographies. 

    Other Libraries

    University of Divinity

    The University of Divinity is served by a number of libraries.  Each library has its own particular focus and strengths but they all support the coursework and research conducted at the University.  All staff and students of the University are eligible to borrow from each of these libraries on the presentation of your UD ID card.  All staff and students of the University are also entitled to access the online Library Hub.  Further information on each of the libraries is available here – the Libraries Brochure.  To borrow from a library that is not associated with your home College, simply present your ID card to be registered with them. 

    Other Reciprocal Arrangements

    Staff and students of the University of Divinity are also eligible to borrow from Melbourne University’s Baillieu Library.  Again, simply present your UD ID card to the staff to be registered to borrow.  Borrowers using this privilege must abide by the loan policies of the Baillieu Library.  

    Contact us

    Email: library@stirling.edu.au
    Phone: 03 9790 1000 
    Work days: Mon, Tues & Wed

    Meet the team

    Antonella Newnham – Librarian

    Learn more about Antonella.