The PBC Library is dedicated to the memory of the founding Principal of the college, Rev Carment Urquhart. The library is located adjacent to the foyer in the main administration building.
The library is well stocked with commentaries on every book of the Bible, as well as volumes covering all areas of Christian doctrine. Christian Biographies, Church Growth, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, Counselling, Ethics, Church History and Missions are also included in the major classifications in the library. The Reference Collection contains, in addition to Bible commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other research tools.
The library plays a vital role in the work of PBC and every student should take the time to learn how to use it well. It will be needed for writing assignments, preparation of sermons, private research, and study for examinations.
The library offers access to multiple online collections. For eBooks, students have access to the EBSCO Religion Collection, offering over 9,000 books in the area of religion. Students can also access Perlego eBooks, providing unlimited access to 700,000+ academic and professional books from renowned publishers.
The library also provides students access to a range of online academic and professional journal collections. This includes:
ProQuest’s Religion and Philosophy Collection and Psychology Database;
SciElo South Africa;
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care; and
Evangelical Review of Theology Journal.
Specific to counselling, PBC offers:
ProQuest’s Psychology Database;
Behavioral and Mental Health Online; and
Counselling and Therapy in Video.
These online resources provide students with access to in-depth research capabilities, allowing them to excel in their studies and prepare them for potential further study pathways.
The Library is accessible by all PBC students on a 24hr basis. For all other library members the normal hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
(closed on weekends and Public Holidays)
The library is divided into 5 main areas (see Library Floor Plan):
The Foyer – this area contains:
current journals and periodicals
the issues, searching, and database computers
a photocopier for library use
The General Collection Area – this area contains:
New book display
Closed reserve books – key books for current semester – these books are not to be taken from the library.
Video & DVD Shelves
General Collection shelves—the books on the top shelves are old books which have not been entered on the computer
Quarto shelves – for larger books
The Librarians office – for staff use only
The Mezzanine – this area contains:
10 student study desks
A large computer workspace. The computer workspace area is only to be used for private academic related study. This is a quiet area.
The Study Area – this area contains:
Reference Collection – these books are not to be taken from the library.
Journals, Periodicals and Pamphlet shelves – these are not to be taken from the library.
10 student study desks
Lounge area for reading
Access to Other Libraries
As part of Perth Bible College’s association with the Sydney College of Divinity through the Australian College of Christian Studies, students have access to SCD libraries around Australia. More information about SCD libraries can be found on the SCD Library website.
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