The Church and Synagogue Library Association

Welcome to CSLA!

CSLA helps congregational librarians learn from and teach each other. Since 1967, CSLA has been an outstanding source of collegial support for congregational librarians where lifetime friendships are formed through 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.

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

Our members publish guides on librarianship that set the standard for excellence. We provide 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. Make an investment in the life of your congregation. Join us today, and meet us at our next national conference at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas! We’ll be Sharing Ideas as Big as Texas! Library tours are on Tuesday, July 28, and conference workshops, plenary sessions, exhibits and more run from Wednesday to Friday, July 29-31. Visit the Conference page for more photos.

Watch for the registration form online in March!

UNT Willis Library

The 2015 Conference will be held in an actual library, Willis Library at UNT.

Library Awards Reminder

Sadly, last year only one of the five librarianship awards was given, because we did not receive nominations. We encourage all members to think about an outstanding library, librarian or contribution to children’s literature and use this form to nominate candidates by March 15, 2015.

Not sure about the criteria? Read more about the five awards or contact S. Meghan Harper at