The Church and Synagogue Library Association provides educational guidance and support in the establishment and management of library services in religious congregations.

Church and Synagogue Library Association


CSLA members at Powell's City of Books in Portland

CSLA helps congregational librarians learn from and teach each other.

Our members publish guides on librarianship that set the standard for excellence.

CSLA provides one-to-one mentoring in all areas of librarianship.

We organize conferences that provide solutions to today’s pressing challenges and identify new print and digital resources for your collection.


Joining CSLA gives you access to the knowledge and advice of those who know congregational libraries best.

Are you wondering where to start with weeding? Facing the daunting task of automating a catalog? Charged with organizing archives? Whether you are a new committee member or have 30 years of professional experience, there is a place for you in CSLA.

Since 1967, CSLA has been an outstanding source of collegial support for congregational librarians where lifetime friendships are formed over common interests. And in a world where religious tolerance is strained, our unique ability to bring together librarians from different faiths is more important than ever.

Make an investment in the life of your congregation. Join us today, and start saving those pennies for our next national conference at North Texas University in Denton, Texas!

Texas map showing location of 48th Annual CSLA Conference

The 2015 Conference site is North Texas University, just north of Dallas.