The Swanton Library is named after Rev Dr Robert Swanton, who, after the reorganisation of the Theological Hall in 1975, was appointed Acting Principal until 1977 and Principal 1978-81. Dr Swanton left a generous legacy to the College to help fund the library (and the work of the Reformed Theological Review).

From small beginnings in 1975, the library is rapidly growing towards a collection of 26,000 items.  Additional books are constantly coming in through gift or purchase. Gifts in the form of monetary donations are tax deductible (cheques should be made out to the Presbyterian Theological College Library Fund) and the donation of theological books is always welcome.

Books are catalogued using the Pettee classification scheme. The Library receives over 140 periodicals, which are shelved separately from the books and are only for use in the Library. The reference section is also not for loan. There is an extensive collection of audio tapes, videos and CDs. Students have right of access (though not borrowing rights) to all the theological libraries in Melbourne.

Wireless internet access is available in the library. The ATLA journal database (offering indexing and full text) is provided to students both on and offsite, at Another website (a wiki) gives access to bibliographies and resources relevant to individual courses at PTC:

Library enquiries:

email library 'at', or call the College (03) 9898 9384

Library hours:

 9.00 am - 4.30 pm  Mondays to Fridays *

* Closed on all holidays observed by the College, including the summer break.

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