John Kinder

John Kinder Theological Library

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Library Membership and Services

In brief, if you are a member of the Anglican or Methodist Church - minister, student or parishioner, you are welcome to register as a library member.

Others who do not fit the above categories may be granted membership on payment of a fee.

Members are entitled to borrow books, and to access our electronic databases and full text periodicals.

Anyone is welcome to visit the library and to read material while there.  Please come to the desk and sign the visitors book if you are not a library member.

Please choose an option to view our Registration form  
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When you have completed the registration form, please send it to 

Please click here for our Library Regulations.

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The loan period is four weeks.  Books may be renewed for a further four weeks via the online catalogue.  After this, books must be brought back into the library for any further renewal.


  • A fine is payable on all overdue items: it is suggested that you request a limited number of items at a time, so that you can use them before the return date.
  • A reminder notice is sent by email just before a book comes due.
  • An overdue notice is sent a week later with a $1.00 per item.
  • An account for full replacement value plus a handling charge is sent for all items not returned or renewed following these notices.
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Books from the following collections are for use in the library only, and are not able to be borrowed:
  • Reference collection
  • New Zealand and Pacific Church Collection
  • Baumber Collection
  • Periodicals
  • Rare books
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Books on the new books display (these may be borrowed after the one week display period)
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Books are placed on short loan for St John's College Anglican Studies Programme, Trinity Methodist College courses, and the Department of Theology at the University of Otago.  These books cannot be taken out of the library. Your library card is held while you use this material. 

Short loan books can be borrowed on overnight and weekend loans, and may be collected 15 minutes prior to the library closing. Such items must be returned as soon as the library opens the following morning.

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Library staff can assist distance users with reference enquiries by:
  • Identifying relevant print and electronic resources which can be made available by post, email, or fax.
  • Helping users to find relevant books on our online catalogue ANGLICAT.
Users can also conduct their own searches by:
  • Searching for books on ANGLICAT. For instructions click here.
  • Searching for newspaper, magazine, and journal articles in our e-journals collection.
  • Exploring our extensive collection of links on the John Kinder Theological Library web site. Visit our E-research page for further information.
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  • All intending postal borrowers should make a deposit of $20 with the Library, from which postage will be deducted.  We do not have credit card facilities, but a direct deposit may be made to ANZ Bank account no. 010236 0041474 00
    Please make cheques payable to Kinder Library.  If paying by direct credit please reference with your name and the words postal deposit.
  • To register with the Library, please fill out a registration form and return it, together with your deposit.
  • Books are issued for a four week period, and may be renewed once via Anglicat. A fine for overdues will be deducted from your deposit, at the rate of $1 per item for the first overdue notice and $2.50 per item for the second notice.
  • Some required reading for courses is held on desk copy in the Library and is not available for borrowing.
  • Books returned to the Library by post must be securely wrapped in cardboard or in a handibag and addressed to:

    John Kinder Theological Library
    Private Bag 28 907
    Auckland 1541
NOTE: you will be sent reminder emails when your books are overdue. Always ensure the library has your up-to-date email address. If recall notices or overdue reminders are being sent to an out-of-date email address, borrowers will still be liable for the fines incurred. If you are not receiving overdue notices via your email please check with us and your internet provider.

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Articles from periodicals and small sections of a book can be photocopied or scanned for you at 10 cents per page. If the article is available via one of the Library’s online e-journal collections, you will be directed to that source rather than the library sending a photocopy.

Email library staff at if you need assistance in finding what you need.

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If you are a registered library member, and require books and articles not held by this library, please ask library staff if it can be obtained from another library or provider.  Please note that charges may be incurred for this service.

You can request books directly from the library catalogue in a few different ways. Here is the easiest one.

1. Go to the webpage

2. Click on ANGLICAT (lower right of your screen).

3. Click on Secure logon (left of screen).

4. In the field Username or borrower number, key in the barcode from your library card. This will begin P000…… (Note that they are zeros, not Os.)

5. In the field Password or PIN number, key in the last four numbers from your barcode. (If this includes an X, count the X as a number).

6. Click Login.

7. To request a book, click on Catalogue search.

8.The Easy search is a keyword search. Enter two or three prominent words from your title or topic. You could use an author name if you have one.

9. When you find an item you’d like to request, click on the title. More information about the item appears.

10. Click on the button Reserve this title at the bottom of the record.

11. At the new screen that appears, alter the Collect from field and choose John Kinder from the drop down menu.

12. Click on the Place reserve button, then the OK button.

13. When you have finished reserving books, click on Home and Logout.

Your request(s) will appear on a report that is run daily at the John Kinder Theological Library. If book requests are on the shelf, they are normally in the mail the following day. If your request is urgent, please send an email to to let us know, and your book(s) will be dispatched by fast post at the earliest possible mail pickup.

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Your books are issued for four weeks. You can renew them for a further four weeks via the online catalogue.

Follow steps 1-6 to renew books on loan.

7. Click on Username or borrower number information.

8. Click on View issues.  Wait a short time for these to come up.

9. Click in the box(es) next to the title(s) you wish to renew.

10. The Renew selected items button appears. Click on this.

11. Note the new due date, then click OK.

12. To logout, click the Home button, then Logout.

Please email if there are any problems.

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