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Booklists, Guidelines and Creative Promotional Ideas.
Sent to members automatically, twice a year in the spring and fall.

View our new promotion tips and ideas sheets:

Promote your church library with flair!

19 Promotion ideas for the church library.


Libraries Alive, the NCLA quarterly publication.
Features informative articles, a sharing of ideas, reviews of books and
other media, Internet resources, plus news of authors, chapter news, and
news of upcoming regional and national workshops. Subscription included with membership.

View a recent issue of Libraries Alive (1.3 Meg pdf file)



Get help setting up a new library, finding and keeping volunteers, starting a storytime or summer reading program, planning a budget, organizing and weeding a neglected collection, or computerizing your library. Membership in NCLA offers you personal advice, resource materials, and online help to support and multiply your efforts.

View our recent 5-part series on Library Basics (pdf files):  

Part I:  Writing your library’s mission statement 

Part II:  Designing a materials selection policy

Part III:  A good donation policy -a church librarian’s best defense

Part IV:  Weeding: your library will thrive on it

Part V:  Dealing with challenged materials



A Handbook for Church Librarians, 2006 2nd revised edition
Everything you need to know to create, organize and manage a successful church library

Top librarians teamed to create this definitive reference guide for the church librarian. Within this essential companion, core areas of church library ministry are explored.

  • First steps to library ministry
  • Building a library team
  • Finances and budgeting
  • Selection strategy
  • Classifying and cataloging
  • Adding, processing and shelving new materials
  • The circulation cycle
  • Care and repair of books
  • Circulating videos, music, magazines and more
  • The automated church library
  • Creative promotional ideas
  • Planning and evaluating

An icon throughout the book indicates special information for automated libraries.

Also included are a glossary, fully updated subject headings, and the newest Dewey Decimal classifications-updated for church librarians-plus a section on useful print and online resources.

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