Welcome to the Library

Sacred Heart library is a modern space, housing a large range of fiction and non-fiction books, with new titles being added regularly. Students also have access to over 2,500 eBooks and Audiobooks through our ePlatform, an app that can be downloaded on any device. The library is staffed by a full-time qualified and registered librarian as well as a part-time library assistant, both of whom are passionate about books and reading, and enjoy connecting with students to help them find the information they need. Other than reading and learning, the library space is used for a variety of activities by students, such as doing puzzles, mindful colouring and catching up with friends, or making use of the computers, copier and study rooms to complete homework. We even host the Yoga Club in the Quiet Space each Thursday after school. Come in and see what we have to interest you, or contact us any time on: staff-library@shgcham.school.nz 

HOURS (Please check the Library Information on the Student Hub for the latest hours)

  • Open to students from 8am Monday to Thursday.
  • Closed after school on Tuesday
  • Closed before school on Friday.
  • Open during Break 3 (closed during Break 1 and Break 2).
  • Closed at 3:30pm each day except Friday (when we close at 3:05pm).
Browse the Library Catalogue


Books: Books are issued using student ID cards, so please bring them to school every day. There is a limit of 5 library books for juniors and 10 for seniors, which are issued for 2 weeks. Students can renew books at the library (unless they are reserved for another student). Please do not let other students take items out on your card; you will be held responsible if the item is not returned.

Reference Librarian Services: The Librarian is able to help students search the library catalogue and databases for study and research; provide information and guidance on APA referencing, and show students how to log-in and best use our library catalogue and ePlatform.

Library Catalogue: There are two computers which access the catalogue within the library or follow this link from any computer whether inside or outside of the school:  BROWSE THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE 

Computers: We have 20 desktops available for the students to use before school, at breaks and after school. These are to be used for school work only.

Photocopying: There is a photocopier/printer/scanner for the students to use. Students use their ID number and a four-digit pin to log on.

Meet the Team

Kirsten Elliot is our Lead Librarian and Archivist. She has a degree in Information & Library Studies and is professionally registered with LIANZA – New Zealand’s Library and Information Association. Kirsten is interested in the organisation of information, whether that be for education or entertainment, and strives to make the College’s resources easier to access for students, staff and our wider community. She enjoys helping students learn to self-manage their own library experience as well as creating a fun and safe space for all students to use during their time at Sacred Heart.

Gail Strauss is both a Library Assistant and a Learning Assistant at the College. She has been at Sacred Heart since 2019 and originally comes from a little seaside town called Kommetjie in South Africa. There she home-schooled her four children and ran a church with her husband, which also meant she looked after the church’s library. Supporting our students, whether in the library or classroom, is what Gail enjoys most about her work.