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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Here you'll find all you need to know about our library, becoming a member, borrowing books, and general information regarding the building and it's facilities. Below, and throughout this guide, you will find some of the information you will need to know if you're planning a visit.

You can also view and/or download this entire guide in one handy PDF format. 


The Housekeeping Basics

1. Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30am to 7:00pm
Friday 5pm closing
Saturday 10am to 4pm

Sunday and public holidays – closed

Reduced hours over the summer break – watch for notices.

2. Fire alarm: designated assembly point in the car park. If access through the front door is blocked, or you are in the lecture rooms downstairs, exit to the lawn behind the cloister block.

3. Mobile phones: please turn these to silent, and exit the library to have any phone conversations.

4. Eating and drinking in the library: Drink and light snacks OK in main library, but please carry hot drinks in covered containers and be mindful of the books. No food or drink AT ALL in Te Aho Marama, or Akomanga.

5. Talking in the library: Quiet and limited conversation in the main area is OK. If you need to have an extended or group conversation, ask to use Te Whariki. No talking AT ALL in Te Ao Marama.

6. Seating in the library: you are welcome to sit anywhere in the library unless the desk has a reserved sign on it.

               Te Aho Marama – this is a silent reading room for special materials use in                particular and for anyone who requires silence. NO BAGS – please leave them in                the lockers and remove what you need before going in to Te Ao Marama

               Te Whariki can be booked for groups or conversations but not for one person

               Akomanga – computers for use for internet, essays, etc.

7. Suggestion box: please use this to offer suggestions, book purchases etc.

8. Take care when walking on the tiles out front -  they can get slippery in the rain despite being specially coated.

9. Security cameras are in operation in the library, but don’t risk your valuables. There are lockers at the entryway for use while you are in the library (but not as your own personal long term storage space). We recommend that you do not leave laptops unattended.

10. Children – we cannot supervise unattended children; the Library and College Child policies follow New Zealand law and state that any child under 14 years cannot be left unsupervised. Parents can come and register older children for use of computers / internet for homework purposes.

11. Jigsaw puzzle – on the table in centre – for when you need a break. Feel free to add some pieces.


Study Essentials

1. Wi fi – library wifi uses a separate password to the one the College uses. Please read and sign the conditions of use and to get a password. 

2. Printing or photocopying – purchase cards in $5 lots to load onto your printing account. Read more about that here. 

3. Borrowing books - books are issued for four weeks; you can renew for a further four weeks via the catalogue. Beyond that please bring the books back into the library for re-issue. Overdue notices are issued visa email and fines charged for overdue books. You can have 30 books at any one time. Read more about that here. 

4. Requesting books – do this via the catalogue after searching for the title you want. Read more about that here. 


Resources Available

1. Books – the library has over 100,000 books, some of which are in storage downstairs. Read more here. 

2. E-books – there are around 400 e-book titles which can be accessed through the catalogue
Anglicat (add the words ebl or electronic resource to your search to find these). On the bookshelves you may find QR codes in a subject area, which will link directly to the book using a QR code reader on your phone or tablet.  Read more here. 

3. Journals (also called periodicals, or serials) – printed versions of these towards the back of the library; full text for printing or reading online via the e-journal button on the Kinder Library web page. Read more here. 

4. Archive and manuscript collections – extensive archive collections are held. Search via the ARK button above, or talk to library staff. Read more here. 

5. Digitised New Zealand Church Newspapers and General Synod proceedings.
Search via the Church papers Online button on the web site.

6. Check out all the pages of our web site as it also acts as a gateway to a wide variety of theological information resources


Library Contacts

On campus at St John's Theological College:

202 St John's Road, Meadowbank, Auckland

Ph: (64 9) 528 3950


Write to:

John Kinder Theological Library
Private Bag 28907
Auckland 1541

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 7.00pm

Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm

Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm


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