Church Libraries

Creating and maintaining a church library can sometimes be a daunting task, particularly since most people doing so are the only ones in their congregation. But we are here to help make it easier.

Listed below are resources that may be useful to church librarians or those church members considering starting or reviving a library. The list has been used in the workshop we offer periodically, designed for support and information-sharing. Additional recommendations, requests, and questions are welcome. Please contact our helpful staff through, or phone 617-523-0470 x 229.



ALA Fact Sheet: Starting a Library (A Resource Guide)

Association of Christian Librarians

Church Librarians Network

Church & Synagogue Library Association

The Church Library: An Outline of Procedure

Selection sources for Congregational libraries


Campbell, Carol, Dianne Oswald, and Glenda Strombom. Organizing a Library or Resource Center: Creating a Policy and Procedure Manual. 1st ed. Portland, OR: Church and Synagogue Library Association, 2010.

A Handbook for Church Librarians: Everything You Need to Know to Create, Organize, and Manage a Successful Church Library. Stillwater, Minn: National Church Library Association, 2006.



Berthelot, Sue. "How to Begin or Renew a Church Library," LifeWay.

Gregoire, Sheila Wray."How to Build a Great Church Library," Faith Today, November/December 2008.


Finding the Best New Books

Books and Culture: a Christian Review

Christian Book Reviews – Christian Fiction Book Reviews


Creating an Online Catalog


TinyCat extension for LibraryThing



Library Supplies




The Library Store


Selling/Donating Books

Better World Books

Theological Book Network

Bible Foundation

Book Prospector

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