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National Church Library Association is no longer in business. Our offices officially closed December 31, 2012.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of our book, A HANDBOOK FOR CHURCH LIBRARIANS, contact the Catholic Library Association: http://www.cathla.org




The National Church Library Association, originally Lutheran Church Library Association, was founded in 1958 by a gathering of lay people interested in furthering the growth of libraries in Lutheran churches.

Erwin E. John sparked the flame and became the first president and editor of its journal, Lutheran Libraries. He was supported in the venture first by Augsburg Publishing House and then also by the three other Lutheran publishers of the time, Augustana Book Concern, Muhlenburg Press, and Concordia Publishing House.

Over the next few decades, membership reached unprecedented heights. Local chapters took root and spread, providing valuable opportunities for networking and support. In time, Christian church libraries from all denominations were welcomed into membership.

In the fall of 2004, members voted overwhelmingly to rename the organization National Church Library Association. The name change came as an acknowledgment of the organization’s now ecumenical membership, as well as its desire to actively reach out to under-supported libraries across all Christian denominations.

Today, new resources and support programs are always under development at NCLA to serve the unique, evolving needs of the church librarian. A mentor program, conferences, recommended title lists, librarian guides, articles, new resource reviews, and program ideas are available to support and educate members. A newly expanded Web site and a vibrant, redesigned journal, now known as Libraries Alive, are among the most recent developments.

No longer financially supported by the Lutheran publishing houses, the organization relies on membership dues and gifts to support its ministry.