The Sydney College of Divinity Library is the sum total of the libraries within each teaching body. The libraries are spread across the campuses of its Member Institutions and the Korean School of Theology. Where colleges have more than one campus and library, all campus libraries are branches of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) Library.
The libraries have adequate learning resources and research-trained staff to deliver the Sydney College of Divinity programs of study for which they are accredited and support the concept of research-led teaching in Higher Education. Most libraries are institutional members of ALIA/LIANZA and ANZTLA.
The Sydney College of Divinity Library catalogue can be viewed at SCDCat, its common web portal.
The library branches operate in accordance with the Sydney College of Divinity Library Policy and Regulations. Though, each library has its own operating procedures and borrowing regulations, it is in accordance with the SCD requirements. Library users are advised to contact the individual libraries for opening hours, and other key regulations including borrowing, renewal, loan period, and late penalties as they may vary across the libraries.
Sydney College of Divinity students, faculty and staff can access the facilities and borrow from all branches of the SCD Library. A student has full borrowing rights at the library of their enrolled college. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements are in place to facilitate physical or electronic access, or interlibrary loan, as appropriate. To borrow items from any other library branch of the SCD Library, students and staff must contact their college librarian, who will facilitate the process. Borrowing from the particular branch library shall be conditional on showing proof of enrolment and will be in accordance with the borrowing regulations of the lending library.
The librarian of the lending library is the contact person for all information regarding the lending library policies and procedures, and users are advised to be informed.
The below information is taken from the SCD Library Regulations, to help you understand the process.
Borrowers shall be notified of overdue material by the branch library from which material was borrowed. If a borrower does not respond to the first overdue notice:
- the borrower’s home branch library will be notified;
- upon notification, the borrower’s library will take steps to assist the recovery of borrowed materials or collection of monies owed;
- the borrower owing money or holding overdue materials is expected to settle the matter with the branch library which is owed materials or money;
- copies of further communications between borrower and lending branch library will be sent to the borrower’s home branch library;
- the lending branch library will notify the borrower’s home branch library when the matter has been resolved;
- the failure to pay fines or return recalled material will result in the loss of the individual’s borrowing privileges at all branches of the SCD Library;
- examination results will not be credited to a student unless all books are returned, the cost of replacement and/or all fines paid;
- specific action to be taken against offenders will be determined at meetings of the Library Committee;
- if materials cannot be recovered the borrower’s home branch library shall pay for the replacement cost of materials. The borrower’s home branch library means the library situated in the college where the borrower has enrolled.
The Sydney College of Divinity Principal Librarian coordinates the SCD Library branches to support the educational requirements of students, staff and faculty by providing accessible information in the form of books, periodicals, and electronic resources. This work is assisted by the Library Committee, whose membership consists of one librarian from each teaching body, and is overseen by the Dean of the Sydney College of Divinity, Prof Diane Speed.
Our librarians are specialists eligible for membership of ALIA/LIANZA as a professional librarian. They provide guidance to students in developing information literacy skills, such as how to search for information effectively, how to determine what is useful and relevant, and how to find the best resources for particular learning tasks and assignments. The library manager, in line with ANZTLA Standards (2.1.2), is considered a member of the teaching faculty for purposes of reporting to and advising the faculty.