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Highland Theological College Library

A guide for users of Highland Theological College Library


Coronavirus Information

Please note that due to current coronavirus restrictions users cannot browse or study in the library space. This guide contains information on the covid-safe borrowing procedures we currently have in place. As guidance for libraries changes, the services HTC library offers are subject to change. Please contact the library with any queries.
Last updated: 10/02/2021


Opening Hours & Contact Details

The library remains closed due to current restrictions but the librarian, Geordie Cryle, is still available Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00. As advice changes, staff may not be physically present in the college building and may be working from home. The best way to ensure a swift response to your query is to email the librarian directly at or UHI staff and students can schedule a video call appointment on WebexFor an immediate response, you can speak to a member of the UHI library team during semester time Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 using our Live Chat Service. 


Study Facilities

HTC library has a small number of study spaces which are closed at present, we hope to open these to users as soon as it is safe to do so.


About Us and Our Collections

HTC library is a small library located at the HTC Dingwall campus. We are a small team of one librarian and a handful of dedicated friendly volunteers. We enjoy providing support to our academic community, and are on hand to help you with all your library related needs. We are members of ABTAPL, The Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries.

Since the inception of the college in 1994, HTC library has grown considerably. Today some 20,000+ volumes are in our main lending library. This comprises classical and contemporary theological literature for both academic and devotional study across a broad spectrum of disciplines plus extensive sections on philosophy, politics, history, anthropology, archaeology and other subjects. We have three special collections: The William Temple Collection, The Rutherford House Collection, and the Fort Augustus Collection.


The William Temple Collection

Born in Exeter in 1881, William Temple was a renowned Anglican teacher, preacher and bishop who served as Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, from 1942 until his death in 1944. The William Temple Collection housed at the HTC library comprises volumes from the personal library of William Temple. The collection contains enriching materials for theological research, as well as being items with an important Anglican heritage.


The Rutherford House Collection

This collection belonged to what is now the Rutherford Centre for Reformed Theology. Formerly based in Leith, Edinburgh for 35 years, Rutherford House had accrued an extensive library collection comprising approximately 11,500 books and 1,800 periodicals and pamphlets including rare and important monographs. 


The Fort Augustus Collection

The Fort Augustus theological library is a collection of some 10,000 volumes, originally from the library of St. Benedict’s abbey in nearby Fort Augustus, which operated as a Roman Catholic monastery from 1880 to 1998. There is a predominating bent towards works of patristic and Roman Catholic authorship and a strong representation of material on Celtic and Scottish Catholic history, theology and life. The main attraction of the collection is the Latin texts of J.P.Migne - Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina. Migne (1800-75) was a distinguished French Roman Catholic priest and scholar. His magnum opus was his critical edition of the writings of the Greek and Latin ‘fathers’. The Fort Augustus collection has the Garnier edition of the Patrologia Graeca in 161 volumes and the Patrologia Latina in 221 volumes. The entire set is in pristine condition, in handsome white calfskin bindings. The collection also contains the Acta Sanctorum in 65 volumes. It originated in the work of the ‘Bollandists’, after John van Bolland (1596-1665), a Jesuit scholar, and its first editor. It constitutes a critical edition of the lives of the saints based on a thorough sifting of historical sources. Arranged according to the order of saints’ days in the Church calendar, the Acta Sanctorum is still regarded today as a basic tool of historical research. 



Borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Borrowing books

Books may be renewed on request. All books are subject to immediate recall if they are requested by another user and should be returned immediately if a recall notice is issued. There are no fines for overdues, but users may be asked to pay for replacements if a book is lost or damaged.

Access students and undergraduates may borrow up to 15 books at a time, additional books may be lent to students undertaking projects and dissertations at the librarian's discretion.

Postgraduates and staff may borrow more than 15 books at a time, at the librarian's discretion.

Members of the public may register with the library as external users to gain limited access to print books. UHI Alumni can register to take advantage of our electronic resources using this form.

As well as print books the Library service also provides access to a vast collection of eBooks and eJournals which can be read online or downloaded. Our Library Catalogue covers all of the material held at HTC plus all the partner university library collections. The catalogue also provides links to the eBooks. Books for loan held by other university libraries may be borrowed through the Inter-Site Loan scheme (please note: due to Covid-19, a number of libraries have suspended or altered their Inter-Site Loan service arrangements).  


All books which have a wipeable cover or dust jacket, will be disinfected prior to issue. This cannot be done to all items if the cover would be damaged by doing so.


Click and Collect service (Dingwall only currently)

Due to Covid-19 we cannot allow staff and students to browse our shelves. We have therefore introduced a system for borrowing books called Click and Collect.  Please do not travel from afar to use the click and collect service. Please note requests cannot always be fulfilled the same day they are submitted and should be sent to the library in advance. The librarian will come into the building to fulfill these requests.

To make use of this service please check the catalogue for book availability and complete the online form for either the Dingwall or Paisley campus.  For each book we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition. Please use your College email so we can identify you.

Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email with instructions on how to collect the books. Collections from the Paisley campus will be coordinated by the Paisley Centre Administrator. As HTC Paisley is currently closed, please use the postal service to request books if you are a Paisley user.

Postal service

If you are unable to collect your requested books in person, or are a distance learner you can request a Postal Loan.  Please complete the online form.  We will not usually post print copies of books if an eBook edition of the book is available.


Inter-Site loans (limited service)

If you need to borrow material held at another university library, please complete the relevant online request form (for Click and Collect or Postal) or email or with details and we will request the items on your behalf.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the lending library may not be able to supply the book.  We will not usually offer inter-site loans of print books where an eBook is available.


British Library loans 

If the material you want is not available in any of the partner libraries, please ask about a British Library loan.  If the book is not in stock, we may also consider purchasing a copy for our collection which you can then borrow.


Books in Accessible Formats

For HTC students who have a disability which impairs the use of print books we can offer access to the online RNIB Bookshare platform, offering a huge variety of books in accessible formats and provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Please contact the library if you would like to use this service or would like further information.


SCONUL Access Scheme (temporarily suspended)

The SCONUL Access Scheme allows students to apply to access the library collections of other participating institutions. This scheme is currently suspended nationally due to covid-19.

Renewing books

Books can be renewed online via MyDay (go to Library Resources then Renew a Library Loan) or by logging into the Library Catalogue. You can also request the library to renew your books for you by emailing or We will recall books if they are in demand by other students.

We do not impose a daily overdue charge if your book is late back, however.

There is a useful video guide here.

Reserving books

Highland Theological College UHI students or staff may reserve a book that is already out on loan (as long as it is a book from our Library) by sending an email to or and quoting the details of the book. Please note:  reserved books will only be held for a limited number of days before going back into circulation. You will be sent an email when books are available for collection.

It is not currently possible to reserve books online.

Returning books

Returning Books in Person

Books can be returned in person to the Dingwall campus only. Access to the college premises is by appointment only. Please use the click and collect form or email the library to request an appointment for returning books in person. 

Returning Books by Post

Write FREEPOST HIGHLAND THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE UHI LIBRARY on a label, and drop in a post-box or at your local post office. No further details are required, though it must be written in ALL CAPITALS.