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Who We Are

The mission of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is to foster the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious studies libraries and librarianship. Established in 1946, ATLA is governed by an elected board of directors and has over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members. 

ATLA’s member libraries and librarians provide tens of millions of resources for scholarly research to tens of thousands of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The association supports the membership with a wide range of services and products, including an annual conference, members-only publications and discounts, and professional development opportunities. 

ATLA’s in-house team of content, technical, and marketing experts offers a prestigious product line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology. These resources include the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), and ATLASerials PLUS® (ATLAS PLUS®). ATLA also oversees historical archives initiatives and works with several publishing partners to offer electronic versions of specialized bibliographic and reference products.

ATLA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), professional association, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ATLA’s mission continues, providing benefits to a growing membership, exposure, and royalties to religious and theological publishers, and excellent research tools to meet the needs of libraries, librarians, scholars, students, and religious leaders.