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The official publication of the ACL, The Christian Librarian serves to publish articles, provide a membership forum, and encourage writing. Issues include the Christian interpretation of librarianship, theory and practice of library science, bibliographic essays, reviews, and human interest articles relating to books and libraries.

Subscription Rates: $30 per year in the U.S..; $35 outside of U.S. The Christian Librarian is available through many subscription agencies. Contact for subscription information or to purchase past issues. 

Membership dues in the Association of Christian Librarians include a subscription to the journal. View more information about joining ACL and membership benefits.

The Christian Librarian continues to be available in print format and is also available open access, which has increased its visibility outside of the Association. The ACL Board of Directors recently approved a shift in the publication schedule to release articles online six times per year with a compilation of the articles printed into an annual issue that will be produced around mid-December. This change will begin with volume 65 (2022). Issues are available on microfilm from ProQuest. The publication is indexed in the Christian Periodical Index, Information Science Abstracts and Library Literature.

ISSN for TCL print version: 0412-3131


  • Communicate official business of the ACL and news of the membership
  • Publish information regarding ACL conferences, teams, meetings, and activities
  • Publish articles on research, methods, trends, issues, theories, findings, and reviews of current books
  • Provide a forum for the ACL and its members
  • Print editorials and position statements of the ACL
  • Encourage scholarly writing

Interested in writing for TCL?
View our Guidelines for Authors.

Interested in reviewing a book for TCL?
View our Book Reviews page.


Editorial Policies

  • Content must be in accordance with the mission, statement of faith, constitution, and corporate viewpoints of the ACL. Additionally, it must reflect the purpose of the publication and ACL, and relate to the concerns of ACL and Christian librarians in institutions of higher learning.
  • Statements in articles published are the responsibility of the author. Publication does not imply endorsement.
  • Unless arranged in advance, manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that The Christian Librarian has first rights.
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Meet Our Team...

Garrett Trott, Editor-in-Chief
Corban University

Craig Kubic, Book Review Editor
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Joshua Avery, Copy Editor
Wheaton College

Amy James, Associate Editor
Baylor University

Lana Wilson, Associate Editor
Taylor University