Library opening hours 2014-2015:
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday & Monday: Closed to the general public
The Rev. Dr. Joseph C. McLelland Library consists of a spacious reading room overlooking the garden; it is managed by a professional, theological librarian, and contains over 20,000 volumes. It specializes in Reformed and Presbyterian theology and history. College students have access, both in person and through a computer terminal, to the extensive McGill library collections. The records of the College’s Reformed collections are input into the McGill Libraries’ automated catalogue and are thus available across Canada via a computerized network. A reference service and bibliographic searching are available in both English and French.
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In the fall of 2007 Presbyterian College was renamed in honour of Rev. Dr. Joseph C. McLelland, in recognition and celebration of Dr. McLelland’s 50 year association with the College. The Rev. Dr. John Vissers, principal in 2007, said “Dr. McLelland’s contribution to the Presbyterian College over 50 years is a milestone that deserves to be recognized. Joe’s work as a scholar, teacher, administrator, leader, and mentor in theological education has shaped generations of students and ministers. We’ve been truly blessed to have him as part of our little community of faith and learning over five decades.”
McLelland joined the faculty of The Presbyterian College in 1957 as the Robert Professor of the Philosophy of Religion. He was subsequently also appointed to the McConnell Chair of the Philosophy of Religion at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies. He is a graduate of McMaster University (B.A.), The University of Toronto (M.A.), Knox College (B.D.), and the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.), and holds honorary degrees from the Montreal Diocesan Theological College and Knox College, Toronto.
Professor McLelland is the author of numerous books and articles ranging from The Other Six Days to Prometheus Rebound: The Irony of Atheism and most recently edited (with Emidio Campi) Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in the Peter Martyr Library. From 1975 to 1985 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill, and he has also served as Acting Principal of the Presbyterian College. He was the moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1985. A special dedication event marking the renaming of the library took place in fall 2007.