Edmund Rice Library


The Library is on the ground floor in a central location within the school premises, between the Christian Brothers’ House (G Block) and Br BE Ryan Building (C Block).


Our compact Library has approximately 12,000 books. The fiction section ranges from picture books through to adult/senior fiction, including a section of “Quick Reads” and Graphic novels/comics.

The non-fiction section covers the full spectrum of the Dewey Decimal system with a separate area for reference books.

Our data management system is Access-It, Version 8.4. Students and staff can browse our Library database and see what resources are available to them. 

In 2011 we developed a Senior Study Centre. This is an annexe of the Library that allows students from Year 11-13 to study at individual work desks, 44 in all. This has been a huge boon for the school.

Our commitment to independent study has been enriched through the Study Centre. It has also been used to support our phased introduction of ‘BYOD’ – Bring Your Own Device, which is a learning tool for Year 13.

In terms of our book purchasing policy, we are phasing out the purchase of subject reference books and introducing purchased academic site licences to our resource bank.

We also look at the International Top 10 Bestsellers lists each week and make certain that we purchase up-to-date and appropriate fiction to encourage our students’ reading.

 Staff Librarians

 Mrs Margaret Smith
 Mrs Rosita Murray

 T: +64 9 524 8108 x 7345
 E: msmith@st-peters.school.nz 

 Opening Hours

 Monday to Thursday: 8am–4pm
 Fridays: 8am–3:15pm

 (Closed: Interval and wet days)


Head Student Librarian 2012


Gene Kiely, Year 13, receiving the 2012 head librarian's badge from Headmaster, Kieran Fouhy. Gene is assisted by a team of 22 student librarians

General Information

BOOK ISSUEEach time a book is issued to a student a Date Due Card is placed in the pocket (usually in the back of the book) with the return date stamped on it. Books are issued/on-loan for two-weekly periods and can be renewed by the student coming to the Library with their student ID during the Library opening hours. Students don't need to bring the book they want renewed–just their ID.

Books may be returned during opening hours (see above). Outside of these hours, there is a RETURNS SLOT to the LEFT of the Library door.

INTERNET ACCESS is available for students using their individual logins.

A COLOUR PHOTOCOPIER is available for students using their individual user ids & PIN (First time users set up via Student Academic Centre. Photocopying money may be loaded to student accounts via the Student Academic Centre also).

We have magazines such as:



  • Information (vertical) files with newspaper and periodical clippings of current events and news


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