Library Hours

During the Academic Year (includes mid-semester breaks):
Monday to Thursday:  8.30am to 6.30pm
Friday:                            9.00am to 5pm
Saturday:                       10.00am to 12.30pm

Holiday Hours (includes inter-semester & summer breaks):
Monday to Friday:       9.00am to 5.00pm



Loan Period: 28 days
Renewals: Library materials may be renewed on the library catalogue.
Recalls: Library materials may, on occasion, be subject to recall.

Recalled books will incur a $5 fine if not returned promptly.
Reference, Reserve Books and Periodicals are not generally available for loan.



All current Carey students, staff and Baptist Union staff have free access to the library’s world class resource. The library also has a number of subscription members, including students studying at other theological colleges, Baptist pastors and members of the public, who benefit from using the library as subscription members. Joining the library on a subscription basis is available on request for a small fee. Please email [email protected] for more information.


Services For Distance Students

Who may use distance services?
Students who are currently enrolled in Carey courses and studying all their papers by distance, and those who live outside the Auckland urban area-defined as beyond Long Bay in the north, Papukura in the south, and Swanson/Massey in the east.

In addition to the general services and resources provided to all students, distance students can request:

  • Books and other loanable items send out, with return postage enclosed
  • Scan and email articles form hardcopy journals or book chapters, in accordance with Copyright Act 1994



The library is named after J. Ayson Clifford who was college principal from 1961-1973. To begin with, the library was located in the ground floor lecture room at the college’s original Mt Hobson property. The college moved to Victoria Avenue, Remuera, in the early 1950s, but it was not until 1976 that the expanding library was housed in a new, purpose-built structure. In 1994, the college and the library relocated to the current premises at 473 Great South Road, Penrose.

From its humble beginnings, the library now consists of about 35,000 items. The collection is complemented by the Reference, Missionary, Baptist resources, Periodicals and a growing number of online resources. From electronic books to rare items, the library resources are heavily used by staff and students.