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Commission for International Library Advancement

Founded in 1989 by the Association of Christian Librarians, Commission for International Library Advancement (CILA) was charged with developing a strategic plan for assisting Christian libraries in other countries. CILA consists of members of the ACL who are appointed by the Board of Directors. CILA members develop and direct projects that advance the goals of both ACL and CILA.

The mission of the CILA is to serve libraries within Christian institutions of higher learning primarily outside North America by providing training and support for specific needs in order for these librarians to advance library service within their communities.

The goals of CILA are:

  1. To cultivate strategic partnerships with international organizations and educational institutions for the advancement of librarianship and libraries
  2. To encourage, equip and coordinate ACL members for service to other libraries
  3. To assist libraries in need by identifying and addressing challenges

Working as a librarian outside of the US or Canada? Learn more about our International Member Scholarship!

Visit the CILA Libguide for more resources for international libraries. 


  • Turkey Project – CILA worked in conjunction with International Needs Network (INN) to spread the Gospel to the lost nation of Turkey by raising $3,500 to purchase 100 Bibles and 500 early church history DVDs that will be used to teach Muslim seminary students. Many of these students are studying to teach religion classes in elementary and high schools around Turkey and are therefore not only in need of Jesus themselves, but will also be in positions of influence to share Christ’s love. We are praying for His Word to change hearts and transform Turkey for the glory of Jesus Christ!
  • Haiti Book Project – What started as a vision to raise $2,000 to provide 30-book Haitian Creole collections to ten community schools throughout the earthquake and hurricane-ravaged country of Haiti, began a ripple effect beyond our hope. The Lord provided abundantly. Read more
  • Training seminars – Sessions which cover cataloging, ordering, book repair and other library operations have historically been conducted in the Caribbean, Africa, Bolivia, and Asia.
  • Consulting and assistance – Previously, trips have been taken to libraries in Barbados, India, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Trinidad.


To participate in CILA's activities, please use the online CILA Volunteer Form. This form, only available to members, is used to show your interest levels, skills, and previous experience. You can update your information on the form whenever and as often as you would like. The CILA team will then use that information to match your information with upcoming projects.

For more information, please contact Erin McCoy, CILA Team Coordinator.

Meet Our Team...

Erin McCoy, Coordinator
Massasoit Community College

Yesan Sellan, Partner Liaison
South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS)

Georgi Bordner, Resource Developer

Robert Danielson, Resource Promoter
Asbury Theological Seminary

Bethany Radcliffe, ACL Member Liaison



The Librarian’s Manual is a text for beginning libraries in developing countries.  This resource is now available in English and Spanish and contains step-by-step instructions, examples, and worksheets. Both electronic and print formats are available!  Read more information and order your copy of this hands-on Librarian's Manual today.


Financial gifts are the fuel behind our continued efforts to create and reach more Christian libraries across the globe. Contributions to FACL are tax-deductible and should be sent to:
Foundation for the Advancement of Christian Libraries
PO Box 4
Cedarville, OH 45314

dorothy spidellDorothy Spidell, ACL founding mother  "...I've enjoyed a wonderfully fulfilling life of service and adventure. I wouldn't exchange any experience in any country where the Lord has led in overseas library ministry." To continue this work that she was deeply involved in as a member, Dorothy Spidell bequeathed $100,000 of her estate to the furthering of the mission of CILA.  Read more