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Who are the members of ACL?

The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an influential, vibrant, growing community, that integrates faith, ministry, and academic librarianship through development of members, services, and scholarship. The members of ACL are a diverse group of Christian librarians who serve in universities, colleges, seminaries, public libraries, and schools across the globe. 

What is our mission?

The mission of the Association of Christian Librarians is to strengthen libraries through professional development of evangelical librarians, scholarship, and spiritual encouragement for service in higher education.

What are our core values?

We are dedicated to being a caring Christian community that integrates faith and academic librarianship, emphasizing ministry and service. We are committed to having members serve Christ as librarians in institutions of higher learning. 

What is our vision?

The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an influential, vibrant, growing community that integrates faith, ministry, and academic librarianship through development of members, services, and scholarship.

What is our plan?

We pursue these strategies in support of our mission:

  • Provide opportunities for members to grow spiritually, develop professionally, and learn and exhibit leadership skills by encouraging members' interaction and support as well as encouraging members to write, present, and publish scholarly materials.
  • Strengthen the strategic direction of the Association.
  • Expand the effectiveness and influence of the Association.
  • Assimilate and deepen the involvement of members in the community of ACL.
  • Inspire ACL members with a vision and equip them with the practical skills to provide assistance and training for librarians in Christian institutions of higher learning.
  • Create and promote quality materials and projects for the benefit of libraries and of Christian academic librarians.

ACL recognizes that different Christian denominations and traditions use different language to express the heart of historic Christian faith as articulated in the following verses of Scripture.

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Romans 10:9 - "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

Matthew 28:19 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."

Statement of Faith

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible in its original writings to be the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious death and atonement through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal and visible return in power and glory.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he was tempted by Satan and fell, and that, because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for salvation.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and by Whom the Church is empowered to carry out Christ's great commission.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost, those who are saved unto the resurrection of life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

What is our story?

During the summer of 1956, the first Christian Librarians' Fellowship convened, with just five members in attendance—Shirley Wood of Columbia Bible College, Dorothy Spidell of Nyack Missionary College, Mary Jane Kergerize and Marian Boyjiam of The King's College, and Emily Russel of Faith Theological Seminary. In 1957, the Association of Christian Librarians was established and today it is one of the oldest-and largest-evangelical academic library organizations in existence, with more than 600 individual and nearly 200 institutional members representing a wide spectrum of denominations.

Membership is open to Christian librarians who work in an institution of higher learning and affirm the ACL mission and statement of faith. Associate memberships are available to any other Christian librarians or non-librarians who are interested in librarianship and affirm the ACL mission and statement of faith.

ACL is a non-profit organization governed by a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, an executive director, and six directors-at-large. The home office staff are responsible for the daily operations of the Association. Multiple teams develop and direct programs that carry out the mission of ACL.

Archivist: Sharon Bull, 2011-2019

When does ACL meet?

We have one official meeting which is our annual conference, held in early June at rotating locations. Our conference mission, goals and history can be found on our Conference page.

What does ACL produce?

Since our inception in 1957, ACL members have worked hard to produce quality publications, meeting a variety of needs inside and outside the Association. These publications include the Christian Periodical Index (CPI), The Christian Librarian (TCL), The Librarian’s Manual, and the ABHE Library Guidelines.


Third annual conference at Washington Bible College in Washington, D.C. (1959)