Library Orientation

A Library Orientations is included in the Academic Skills sessions. If you are unable to attend, we can organise for a tour of the Library Monday - Thursday.       

The Geoffrey Blackburn Library, built in 2001 and featuring state-of-the-art systems and digital technology, has a strong and comprehensive collection of books and journals supporting all the foundational and specialist areas of theological studies offered through Whitley College. 

The Library provides students with access to a huge range of other libraries and online resources, as well as the expert assistance of library staff, who are theologically trained. Special strengths of the library include its collections in biblical studies, mission and the Australian context, as well as the Baptist Historical Collection. Within the library, there are four major areas for quiet study, including a number of study carrels equipped with power supply and internet access points. The library is also served by a wireless network open to users.

Opening hours for the library are advertised within the College. In general, the library is open 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Fridays and 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm on Saturdays in teaching weeks, (with later closing times on some days and earlier on Friday), while closing time is 5.00 pm on the days of non-teaching weeks during semester. The times of opening can vary depending upon the teaching timetable, and special events such as the School of Ministry, conferences and intensives. Check the advertised hours around College or via the catalogue home page on the website. Students must apply to the Librarian for a borrowing card.

In addition to the Whitley College library, all theological students within the University of Divinity have the right to use and borrow from the libraries of other Colleges. The library catalogue is available online through the Whitley website. A combined University of Divinity library catalogue (MCDcat) is also available online here

Adjacent to the library is the students’ computer lab, which is shared with the residential community of Whitley College — university students living in the college buildings and undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne. The computer lab has computers and printers for student use. Students can have wifi access on campus whey they enrol