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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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," eHow.com.
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
RCL Software - Media Library Manager
The Library Store
Better World Books
Theological Book Network
Big Hearted Books and Clothing