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THE AVIS JOHNSON OEHLBECK LIBRARY

We maintain a collection of more than 1,300 books, DVDs, and digital videos focused on spiritual growth, life experiences, and religious education to support the clergy, church staff, and congregation as well as community members interested in learning more about the Episcopal faith and Church of the Ascension.  Special sections contain resources useful to children, young adults, parents, and seniors.

Sunday: 7:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

(before and after worship service)

Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

(when office is open)

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. (when office is open)

and 5:00-6:00 p.m. (before and after our worship service)

To access the library, please log in using 

USERNAME: AscensionHickory

PASSWORD: OurLibrary

Additional Information

How do I check out an item?


Anyone who regularly attends our church is welcome to borrow items for a three-week period. Items may be renewed one time for an additional three-week period. Write your name and the date on the checkout sheet located on the library desk. Returned materials should be placed on the library desk. Please report lost or damaged materials to the church office. Members of the community wishing to learn more about the Episcopal faith or Church of the Ascension may borrow items by contacting the church office at (828) 328-5393 or office@ascensionhickory.org.




Can I donate materials?


Donations of books, DVDs, and monetary gifts are gratefully accepted. We do not accept adult fiction, non-Christian reference materials, cassette tapes, VHS media, magazines, duplicate editions, or materials in damaged condition. An item is considered damaged if it is in poor physical condition, has a musty smell, or is on outdated media (e.g. VHS). Donated items in good condition that are not added to the collection will be sold at a church book sale or donated to the public library. Feel free to drop off donations at your convenience. If the church is closed, please leave your donation next to the exterior office door labeled “library donation” or drop it in the black mailbox. Please let us know if you would like a receipt for tax purposes.




What collection categories can I find?


  • Bibles, Bible study and Bible interpretation
  • Book of Common Prayer (all editions)
  • Books of prayers, meditation, and spiritual development
  • Hymnals (one copy of each edition)
  • Book Club & Study Group materials
  • Historical items – photographs, newspaper articles, etc. for the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and the Diocese of Western North Carolina
  • Theology – systematic studies of Episcopalian teachings, practices, and influence
  • Spirituality and spiritual development (published after 1999)
  • Children and young adult Biblical-themed materials
  • Religion and the arts




Who is Avis Johnson Oehlbeck?


Avis Josephine Johnson Oehlbeck was a life-long reader of bible-related books and articles. In fact, she had a sizable personal library made up of mostly scholarly religious books. If Ascension parishioners needed reading suggestions on certain church-related topics, Avis was the person to ask! Church of the Ascension's library is named after Avis in honor of her dedication and the key role she played in developing and organizing it.





To keep our collection relevant, we periodically discard outdated material, items that no longer support Episcopalian theology, and worn/damaged materials.  Discarded items in good condition will be offered at church book sales or donated to the public library.