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 No. 16: Starting Up a Library: A Resource Guide

Association of Christian Librarians

Libraries in Churches blog

Church & Synagogue Library Association

Church Library: An Outline of Procedure

National Church Library Association

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.

Martin, Kyle. "How to Build a Christian Church Library,"


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 Software

RCL Software - Media Library Manager


Library Supplies




The Library Store


Selling/Donating Books

Better World Books

Theological Book Network

Bible Foundation

Book Prospector

Big Hearted Books and Clothing

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