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Atla produces trusted research tools for the study of religion and theology. If you are looking for bibliographic information or full-text collections of journal articles covering diverse topics and languages, our research tools are the place to start.
View titles available in Atla’s full-text and index research tools, partner databases, or digital archives products.
Atla research tools are used by students, scholars, researchers, faculty, and religious leaders in thousands of libraries in more than seventy countries! Learn how to gain access for your research in the field of religion & theology.
View information on our index, full-text, partner subscription databases, and our historical archives initiative, including specialized bibliographic and reference products.
Many academic institutions subscribe to Atla for Alum products to serve their alumni and provide their alumni/ae the ability to access the same Atla products they used as students.
Atla members collaboratively create resources that are freely available for students and scholars to use. Discover the richness of members’ digital collections and graduate-level research in these resources.
Atla has gathered digital materials to help you promote and use our research tools.
Have questions regarding our research tools? We may have an answer for you.
Atla’s network of experts is one of our greatest assets in providing top-notch learning opportunities. We foster premier opportunities for members to learn and collaborate on librarianship and scholarship in religion and theology.
Atla provides publications and tools to help members remain current in the field, learn from others’ experiences, and share knowledge and subject matter expertise with colleagues.
The Atla community shares resources and networks through formal and informal groups, learning from one another and giving back to their colleagues.
Atla leverages the collective knowledge & resources of members to serve students, scholars, faculty, and institutions better.
Atla is your go-to resource when you are looking to drive your career growth and broaden your skillset.
Atla provides resources and programming for libraries and their patrons.
Apply for open positions on a program, project, or working group.
Atla events provide the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and experience the strength of our collective knowledge.
Join our community of collectors & connectors from around the world at our annual meeting.
Atla hosts and sponsors various events, including webinars, receptions, and group meetings, to gather, learn from one another, and strengthen our community.
Keep track of deadlines for grants and other programs, view meeting dates for the Board of Directors, and discover other important events for the Association.
Atla members are part of a growing community of librarians, scholars, and professionals that share knowledge and, together, advance the study of religion and theology.
There are benefits to being a member of the Atla Community. View and review the services offered to your membership type.
Association-related publications document the Association and its members’ work and activities and are managed and produced by Atla staff.
Libraries may receive valuable services and resources at a discounted rate.
Member libraries and regional groups may apply for funding for events, projects, and services.
Individual members may apply for funding toward events and education.
We work with publishing partners to index, digitize, and disseminate their religion & theology content to students, scholars, faculty, and religious leaders.
Atla welcomes submissions of scholarly publications in religion & theology for inclusion in our index and full-text research tools.
The Atla Community is comprised of publishers, libraries, and individuals who contribute, partner, and donate to our research tools and member projects.
Atla offers multiple ways to get your products and services into the hands of theological librarians around the world.
Atla is a membership association of librarians and information professionals, and a producer of research tools, committed to advancing the study of religion and theology.
Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers.
Atla’s membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds.
Atla is governed by an elected board of directors, including four long-standing Board committees and one short-term committee all mandated by the Board’s Policy Manual.
Atla’s committees, councils, and task forces work to achieve Atla’s Mission and Organizational Ends. They are appointed by the Executive Director and are an integral part of the Association.
The Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program creates an arrangement between participating Atla Institutional Members and Affiliate Candidate Libraries to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. A patron/student walks into a participating library, shows proof of current enrollment at another participating library, and checks out materials based on its local lending policies.
Current Institutional Members and Affiliate Candidate Libraries in North America that are able to receive students may sign up at the Participant and Participant Plus levels. Libraries outside North America may participate as Global Collaborators. Libraries in North America that are unable to receive students may participate as Borrower Only Libraries. Please see the Participation Guidelines below for more information.
If you are a librarian at an eligible member institution, review the Reciprocal Borrowing Participation Guidelines, and agree to adhere to them by completing the Agreement. Atla staff will review your information, verify your library’s eligibility, and will add your library to the official participation list in 1-2 business days.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage individuals to contact the library directly before their visit.*
Want to check out a book or other materials? Look to see if your institution’s library participates in the program and find a library close to you (and their contact information):
Promote the program in your library! Direct your patrons/students to the following resources to find a participating location:
To update your profile and specify your library’s lending policies, fill out the Library Profile form.
The following items are from the conversation groups held on December 6, 7, and 8, 2022
If your library currently participates in this program, join the Reciprocal Borrowing Program listserv to stay current and communicate with librarians at other participating institutions. Contact us to request to join.
Atla funds and administers a $5,000 annual lost item insurance fund for program participants. Libraries who have lent an item that has not been returned may request replacement funds at any time. Requests will be processed twice a year (January and June). Both Lending and Home libraries will be required to document their best faith efforts to retrieve the borrower’s item(s).
If your library has lent an item and it has not been returned, download the Reciprocal Borrowing Replacement Item Fund Request Form.
Contact Member Programs for more information.