The Baines Wylie Library was founded on the library collection of the late
Bishop Henry Baines of Wellington and, more recently, from funds bequeathed to it by David Wylie,
former Chief Librarian at VUW.
In 2002 the library was reviewed. This resulted in the establishment of new terms of reference for
the library and, consequently, a cull of stock and a new acquisition
policy for the library being established.
The collection has been catalogued according to the Library of Congress Subject Catalogue System
As you might expect, most of our books fall within the Religion Section though this includes
subcategories relating to the many different disciplines found within the modern academy.
Do take the time to browse our database on line. In time we hope to offer reviews of new
acquisitions in addition to the Amazon reviews listed (see our
aquisitions and reviews page). If you wish to borrow a book visit during
opening hours or contact the librarian (see
The library is available to all members. Membership costs are as follows:
Students: $10 per year
Other Borrowers: $25 per year
Members may borrow up to four books for four weeks. One renewal may be made up to one day before
the due date unless the book has been previously reserved. Books must be returned ON TIME! (please –
ta thank you very much)
If a book is not returned on time, there may be a fine at the discretion of the Librarian. These are
usually set to NZ$0.50 a day per book.
Book Loss or Damage
For damaged books, a Notice of Replacement will be issued to the borrower for not less than 70% of
the current replacement value as determined by the Librarian. For lost books, full replacement
costs will be required. Receipts are issued for all payments.
Chaplain: hours (most times, Monday to Friday)
Bookings can be made and arrangements for collection/return of books outside of these hours by
contacting the chaplain.