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 info@14beacon.org, or phone 617-523-0470 x 229.

 

Websites

ALA Fact Sheet No. 16: Starting Up a Library: A Resource Guide
http://www.ala.org/ala/alalibrary/libraryfactsheet/alalibraryfactsheet16.cfm

Association of Christian Librarians
http://www.acl.org/

Libraries in Churches blog
http://libraries-in-churches.blogspot.ca/p/linc-list-email-discussion-list.html

Church & Synagogue Library Association
http://cslainfo.org/

Church Library: An Outline of Procedure
http://www.acu.edu/academics/library/cfm/churchlibrary.html

National Church Library Association
http://www.churchlibraries.org/

Selection sources for Congregational libraries
http://web.nmsu.edu/~ebosman/church/index.shtml

 

Books

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.

 

Articles

Berthelot, Sue. "How to Begin or Renew a Church Library," LifeWay.
http://www.lifeway.com/Article/Church-library-ministry-how-to-begin-or-renew-a-church-library

Martin, Kyle. "How to Build a Christian Church Library," eHow.com.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5994101_build-christian-church-library.html

 

Finding the Best New Books

Books and Culture: a Christian Review
http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/

Christian Book Reviews – Christian Fiction Book Reviews
http://christianity.about.com/od/christianbookreviews/Christian_Book_Reviews_Fiction_and_NonFiction_Christian_Book_Review.htm

 

Creating an Online Catalog

LibraryThing
http://www.librarything.com/

TinyCat extension for LibraryThing
https://www.librarycat.org/

Libib
https://www.libib.com/

Library Software
http://cslainfo.org/?page_id=3735

RCL Software - Media Library Manager
http://www.rclsoftware.com/mlmdescription.htm

 

Library Supplies

Brodart
http://www.shopbrodart.com/default.us.aspx

DEMCO
http://www.demco.com/

Gaylord
http://www.gaylordmart.com/lobby_gaylordmart.asp

The Library Store
http://www.thelibrarystore.com/

 

Selling/Donating Books

Better World Books
http://www.betterworldbooks.com

Theological Book Network
http://www.theologicalbooknetwork.org

Bible Foundation
http://www.bf.org/index.htm

Book Prospector
http://www.bookprospector.com/site/library/index.php

Big Hearted Books and Clothing
http://bigheartedbooks.com/

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