library: books and media


The title, author and subject online catalogs of books and media are on .pdf  files.  The print catalogs are on Excel spreadsheets. The data in all is arranged by columns as follows:

                            Title Catalog                    Author Catalog                          Subject Catalog A~G & H~P & Q_Z

                            #1 title                               #1 author                                  #1 subject

                           #2 media type                  #2 title                                      #2 media type

                            #3 spine label                  #3 media type                         #3 title

                            #4 author                         #4 spine label                          #4 spine label

                            #5  C or R                         #5  C or R                                 #5 author

                           #6 copies owned             #6 copies owned                     #6 C or R

                                                                           #7 copies owned


The SUBJECT CATALOGUE is the most often used method of finding books because many people do not know the author or title of what they want.  They just know what they want to read about. Since it is impossible to list every way of searching for topics, this catalogue uses many cross references.  The instructions below will make your searches quicker and easier.

1. See means there are no titles under the term you have looked up.  You are then directed to another related subject, e.g. Tithe, see Alms.

 2 . See also means that more titles are listed under other, similar subjects.  You will see related subjects where you can find additional titles, e.g. Baptism, see also Holy Mysteries.

3.  Saints are listed as First name, St., (last name if any ) and birth and death dates.

4. Feasts of Christ and the Theotokos are listed individually as well as under Feasts.

5. Sacraments are listed under Holy Mysteries and individually.

 6. Handbooks are books on various topics usually in the form of alphabetical lists or FAQs.

 7. Church refers to titles on the Orthodox Church.

 8. Books of the Bible are listed individually as well as under Bible.


St. John Orthodox Church Library is home to a wealth of information on Orthodox life and practice.  Over 1350 volumes!!   All books and media are arranged by their subjects, like a bookstores.  Church members, inquirers, and catechumens can check out titles for one month.  If you are from another parish or just have questions and want information about the Faith, contact our priest, Fr. Philip Rogers, or librarian, Judy Terry at

Books are arranged by these subjects:

Art (art, icons & architecture)                

Biography (lives of  men and women whose lives have instructed us in the faith)       

Catechism (Church doctrine and teaching)                                                  

Children’s  books                                                     

Fiction (historical fiction)                                                          

Hagiography (saints’ lives)                    

History of the Church and travel in Orthodox lands

 Patristics (writings of the saints)

Reference Books

Scripture and Commentaries

Spiritual living (Orthodox life and practice including prayer and family life)



The library is open every time the church is open, generally every Tuesday-Friday, 9-5, and before and after every service.  We use old-fashioned cards and pockets.  Write your name and email address on the book card in the back of the book with today’s date, and put it in the card tray which is beside the print catalogue. Write today’s date on the card that’s left in the pocket.  Leave that  card in the pocket to remind you when to return the book.  The checkout table with the print catalogue, card tray, pencils, and paper is on the west side of the library under the windows. All material may be checked out for one month. The librarian can always be contacted by email:

Books, DVDs and CDs are shelved alphabetically by category, then author. Books about saints are arranged by their names, e.g. First name, St., (last name if known), birth and death date. See the classification code diagram on the wall and the catalogue to find items.





The Reference section supports the collection with encyclopedias, commentaries, concordances, and sets      of writings of the saints. As in most libraries, these books cannot be check out,  however,  local readers may make use of the copy machine in the church office.  If you want information from  the books and aren’t in driving distance, copied pages can be emailed or faxed to you.