Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) Graduate Research School candidates have access to any SCD Member Institution (MI) library, including its books, journals, and electronic resources. The Sydney College of Divinity Library comprises of ten libraries.
Full-time and part-time candidates are provided AUD$500 and AUD$250 per semester respectively to spend
- on library purchases at their nominated SCD MI library, or
- on personal book purchases, if they do not wish to belong to a SCD MI library, as they have sufficient access to other libraries, or
- on library membership at another library (e.g. nearby university or theology college) if that is more convenient.
Candidates also have access to borrowing rights at Macquarie University. However, that does not apply to the use of the library’s electronic resources and interlibrary loan. Membership has to be renewed each year, subject to the candidate being enrolled and in good standing with Macquarie University library and the SCD MI library. Should candidates like to avail themselves of this provision, they should contact the Research Director for the procedure.
Each research degree candidate will be asked to nominate as a home library one of the Sydney College of Divinity libraries, typically but not necessarily the library of the Institution in which the supervisor is based. This enables the SCD Graduate Research School, in consultation with the supervisor and candidate, to build up research resources in the topic area of the candidate using a Research Degree Library Resources Grant to the library from the Sydney College of Divinity. The grant is made to the nominated library each semester in which the candidate is enrolled. The candidate should submit an Application for Borrowing Status, either online or a hard copy form, to nominate the home library and set up borrowing rights.
A candidate has full borrowing rights at their nominated SCD library. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements are in place to facilitate physical or electronic access, or interlibrary loan, as appropriate with the other SCD libraries. To borrow items from any other branch of the SCD Library, students can contact their college librarian or use their student identity card to access the libraries. 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.
Where the candidate normally resides abroad or in an Australian location remote from the libraries of the Sydney College of Divinity, the candidate will nevertheless make use of the Sydney College of Divinity libraries through electronic access, interlibrary loans, and personal use during visits to Sydney or to the location of other Sydney College of Divinity libraries. The Sydney College of Divinity will assess such a candidate’s probable library needs at the time of enrolment and periodically, and may advise or negotiate use of a suitable university or college library elsewhere on behalf of the candidate. The Sydney College of Divinity will ensure adequate library access for all its students.
The Policy sets out the principles which guide the development of a quality library and ensures equitable access for students using the library.