ANGLICAT is the shared catalogue of New Zealand Anglican and Pacific Libraries.  As well as resources of the John Kinder Theological Library, it includes books from a number of other Anglican libraries in New Zealand and the Pacific.

A catalogue search will give you a list of items which match your search, and below each item listed, there is brief information about the number of copies held and the number of copies on the shelf.

To see at which location a copy is held, click on the link “On Shelf”

Only books for your own College, Taapapa or Diocesan Library as well as those at John Kinder Theological Library are generally available for you to borrow.  However, arrangements may be able to be made with other libraries if a title is needed.  This needs to be arranged by library staff.

If a title is on loan, this will be indicated in the catalogue.

Reserve a book

You can reserve a book if it is already on loan to another borrower or if you are a postal borrower and require the book to be posted to you. You can reserve a book by clicking on the reserve button on the full record page, and adding your library borrower number and pin number. Books immediately available will be posted within two days; those on loan to another borrower will be sent when available. This will vary between one and four weeks.  Please click here if you require more detailed instructions.

Tips of searching ANGLICAT

You can search the catalogue in a number of different ways:

  • Easy search enables a search using any of the search fields, e.g. keyword, author, or title.
  • Advanced search enables you to combine search terms from a number of different search fields into the one search, and to restrict your search to one type of resource if required, eg books OR periodicals OR audio-visual.

A brief explanation of the search fields


searches for words anywhere in the book description including author.


returns you a list of authors by the same surname to select from.  Choose one author to search further for titles.


searches on all words in the title in any order.


returns a list of the subject (thesaurus) descriptors assigned to that book/resource that have your search term included. These can be selected from to give a list of titles matching that subject.

Series/uniform title

searches any series title that a book is part of.


searches the classification/call number.


searches the International Standard Book Number or International Standard Serial Number.


searches all the publishers of books and other resources.

Using ‘Easy Search’

Enter as many words as you are sure of into the search box.

Keyword — Here you can combine the author’s surname with a word or two from the title or just use words from the title.

Author – Enter the surname only. This search will return a list of authors with the same surname. Click on the link to the author you require.

Subject — Use words that describe your topic. Use the * to allow for plurals or different endings – see the explanation further on.

Start the search by clicking one of the following buttons

‘All Words’ is the same as putting AND between your terms
eg. plays and christmas

‘Any Word’ is the same as typing OR between words and will find items with any of these words in
eg. prayers OR collects

‘Title exact phrase’ will only find a title which includes the exact words in the correct word order.
eg. Power of small choices

Searching for plurals or various endings of a word
You can use the asterisk * to search only the stem of a word
For example, spiritual* will search for – spiritual, spirituality and spiritualism.

About ‘Keyword’ Searching

This is the best place to start when guessing the subject or title. The word order does not matter, and you don’t have to enter every word in the title or subject heading. Enter only words you are sure about.
Use only ‘important’ words (i.e. don’t use words like ‘of’, ‘in’ or ‘to’) and remember that a word like ‘God’ or ‘Christianity’ is a very common entry in this catalogue!

You can use the asterisk * to search only the stem of a word. For example, ‘spiritual*’ will search for – spiritual, spirituality and spiritualism.

KEYWORD searching looks for words that appear in authors, titles, series, notes, or in subject entries.

Some examples of KEYWORD searches:

  • lambeth conference
  • franciscan spirituality
  • liberation theolog*
  • matthew commentar*
  • mcgrath christian theology

About ‘Title’ Searching

The instructions above apply, except that only words from the title can be used.

About ‘Author’ Searching

Use this to establish the form of the author’s name that is used in this catalogue.

It is best to begin with ONLY the surname and select the correct author from the resulting list.

Remember that you can also search for an author using the KEYWORD option.

Once you have chosen the author, clicking on the ‘number of titles’ at right will give you a list of titles by that author.

About ‘Subject’ Searching

This is the best place to start when looking for material on a topic. The word order does not matter.

This search brings up a list of topical terms (also known as subject headings or descriptors) which have been added to the book record by librarians.

Use the asterisk * to search for various endings to a word e.g. spiritual* will search for – spiritual, spirituality and spiritualism.

Use only ‘important’ words (i.e. don’t use words like ‘of’, ‘in’ or ‘to’).

Once you have chosen your topical term, ‘clicking the number of titles’ at right will enable you to get a list of books associated with that term.

About ‘Classification’ Searching

Use this if you know the correct classification – or, after finding one book, use that classification to find similar items.

Some examples of CLASSIFICATION searches:

BV  245 This will find any items that begin with this notation.

BV 24* This will find any items with a classification that begins with this notation.

So this search will include the results from the BV 245 search as above.