The King's College

Rosezella Battles Library

Christina Rogers

Welcome to the Rosezella Battles Library of The King’s College.  It is our mission to provide students and faculty with informational resources that will support their instructional, educational, and research needs.  We are equipped with 16,000 printed volumes, a robust periodical collection, and numerous online services and a strong collection of audio/visual material.  We have memberships with local and national library organizations and provide interlibrary loan services and access to other institutions.

We strive to make the library a place where the entire King’s community can study, research, and grow academically.

Christina Rogers
Director of Library Services | (212) 659-3617

Books in the library of The King's College

The collection has roughly 16,000 volumes divided into two sections: Main Holdings and Reference. All of the volumes are related to our majors and all courses taught and represent a wide variety of subject areas.  Students may borrow books in the Main Holdings, and may freely use in the library books in our Reference collection.

Please feel free to browse our print collection. However, circulation and other privileges are only available to current students, faculty and staff.


  • Academic Search Elite which includes Business Source Elite
  • ATLA with ATLAs
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • Academic ebooks
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection

JSTOR – The Scholarly Journal Archives Arts and Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

LexisNexis Academic

ProQuest (13 databases of periodicals)

Oxford English Dictionary on-line

Tell Me More / Rosetta Stone – language learning software

Alexander Street Press Academic Videos

Credo Reference – basic encyclopedia resource

*available remotely via portal and on campus via website

Library bookshelves

See Director of Library services if you would like a book or article that King’s does not own and you cannot find it at the New York Public Library. The director requests loans from other institutions via the World Catalog. Please allow two weeks for books and one week for electronic articles.

library of old books

Metro is a local library association in which King’s is a member. We use this membership primarily to connect with other academic libraries in the NYC area, and grant limited access to those libraries. If a King’s patron has identified a section of the library at Fordham University, for example, then the King’s Library Director will seek out permission from Fordham, and once granted, will give the student or faculty member a METRO referral card, which will grant the patron limited on-site use of that library.

A man in a suit reading the business section of a newspaper

The library has many newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals on display and available to read in the library. All of these materials are relevant to events of the day as well as scholarship in the subject areas of our current majors.


12 open-use computers

2 business class printers

Copier that can scan and send files through email

Full Microsoft Office 365

Google Drive integration for simple file sharing and transfer

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are the library hours?

    Same as the campus.

    Monday – Friday
    8:00 AM – 10:45 PM

    10:00 AM – 9:45 PM

    12:00 PM – 9:45 PM

    We open one hour earlier during midterms and finals week.

  • What’s the policy on fines?

    You are charged for overdue books at a rate of 10 cents per day, and audio/visual material at 25 cents per day. Fines not paid upon graduation will result in a hold being placed on your account and you will not receive your official transcript or diploma.

  • Do I have to be in the Library to access the library resources?

    All electronic resources are available remotely via the student portal. You may search for and renew print or media items in the online catalog which is also available via the portal or by going to the Rosezella Battles Library Page. To access your library account in the library catalog, use the four digits as your username and password to log in the first time. You may then change your password.

  • What can I borrow and for how long?

    You may check out books from the Main Holdings section for 14 days, and audio/visual material for 7 days. You can renew the borrowing time in your library account.

  • What about resources not available in the Rosezella Battles Library?

    Can’t find your resource in our library? Send an email to for assistance with Inter-Library Loan or to request permission to use another college’s library within New York City.

    When in doubt take a trip to the library and ask any attendant at the desk or the Director of Library Services and we will be happy to assist you!


Given by Anne Zimmerman on the occasion of the dedication of the Rosezella Battles Library

Rosezella Battles is the fifth child out of nine born to Monroe and Althea Battles of Winchester, Tennessee. Her parents were well respected by the whole community. “Uncle Bunt”, as her father was affectionately called, worked at the county high school for 40 years where he was mentor and helped hundreds of students in his role of athletic trainer. It is significant that the town honored his memory in several ceremonies in late 1996, the 50th anniversary of his going home to the Lord.

The family attended 1st Missionary Baptist Church were here father was deacon. Her mother was also active in the church when home and maternal responsibilities allowed. Rosezella came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a youngster in that church. She sang in the choir, volunteered in all sorts of positions and as President of the Baptist Young Peoples Union.

In 1934 she graduated from Townsend High School in Winchester and went on scholarship to the A&T State School (which later became the University of Tennessee). She majored in Home Economics and teaching which helped her when she taught grades 1 through 8 in one room school houses in Beanscreek, Tennessee and Princeton, Kentucky.

Her continuing education plans and her career were temporarily put on hold when, in 1940, she answered God’s call to help a young Winchester family that had moved to New York City. Part of the draw to the north was the city and the World’s Fair. At every opportunity she visited the city from New Jersey – especially the theater and the landmarks such as the Empire State Building which she first explored in the Spring of 1941.

In keeping with her commitment to God and her desire to serve Him, she dedicated herself to the family – my family – and stayed 22 years! Her faith and love and God given wisdom sustained her and blessed us. With both parents working, “RoRo”, as we children named here, was always there for us. Even when she married and established her own home, they essentially lived at our house. She gave us the educational, emotional and spiritual foundation that led each of us eventually to the truth of Christ. Her faith and prayers undergirded us and guided us even through the devastating loss of our mother when I was 8 ½ years old.

She was our “Godmother” in all ways. My two brothers and I would have been lost without her. So in this small way, we want to proclaim to the world her devotion and love and faithfulness as she followed and obeyed God in her life. It is fitting that this library, a place of learning, inside the symbol of the City to which she was drawn, will be a focal point of teaching and proclaiming God’s love to all the World.