Blake Library


The Emmaus Library houses the Kevin O’Sullivan Collection, and includes over 5000 titles relating to Christianity. Subject areas include theology, Bible commentaries, church history, and practical ministry. 


Across from All Saints Community Centre, 338 Church Street, Palmerston North.

Annual Subscription Cost

$50 per year or just $20 for Emmaus Students. Your subscription lasts 12 months from the date of subscribing. Payment can be made to the Emmaus bank account: 38-9008-0801444-00

Opening Hours

Tuesdays 6.30pm – 7.20pm (before Emmaus classes at 7.30pm)

Thursdays 12pm – 2pm

Fridays 12pm – 2pm

How to Join

Use our enrolment form here, or pop into the library and see one of our friendly librarians.

Online KOHA Catalogue

The collection is also accessible through an online electronic catalogue built using KOHA, a library platform designed originally in New Zealand. Check it out here.

The Library Committee

Behind the librarian and volunteer librarians who keep the Emmaus Library open is a governing Library Committee. The Library Committee develop the collection, services, staff, policies and facilities to support the librarians.

The Library Committee consists of representatives from Emmaus and All Saints Church.

Library History

The library was opened in February 2011 by Kevin O’Sullivan, after whom the collection is named. The collection contains a wide range of Christian reading material. It originally began as a combination of the Manawatu Branch of the Bible College of New Zealand (BCNZ) and St Alban’s Presbyterian Church, where the Bible College was first established in 1987.

In 2003, the branch and library moved to premises in Queen Street where it remained until the branch closure in December 2010 when it was moved to the Chaplaincy Centre at Massey Unviersity.

At the end of 2018 the library was gifted by the Christian Leaders Association to the Emmaus Walk Trust, and moved to it’s new home at All Saints Church in Palmerston North.

Today the Emmaus Library provides bibliographic resources, research services and a study environment to help equip people in their Christian ministry and mission.” We want to support those undertaking Christian academic studies, be that locally or by distance.