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The Southern California Theological Library Association is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening the delivery of and resources for theological information, knowledge, culture, and research through the development of cooperative programs, services, and collections in the Southern California area. The association will develop and solicit funds, materials, services, and other contributions that enable its members to reach their full potential in serving their respective clienteles. The Association promotes and supports cooperative effort among theological libraries to reduce the duplication of services and resources which inevitably occurs when similar institutions which answer to different funding sources attempt to provide levels of service basic to their missions. 


SCATLA may be viewed as a rebirth of an earlier organization, WTLA (Western Theological Library Association), which included such schools as Claremont, Fuller, Hebrew Union, Talbot, American Baptist Seminary in Covina, Azusa Pacific College, Pasadena College, Point Loma Nazarene College, L.A. Baptist Seminary, St. John's, Loma Linda, Graduate Theological Union, etc.

SCATLA founding member libraries are:

  • Azusa Pacific University

  • Biola University

  • Claremont School of Theology

  • Fuller Theological Seminary

  • The Master's Seminary

  • St. John's Seminary


To obtain membership in SCATLA, each library must support graduate degrees in theology, be located in the Southern California area, have at least 10,000 volumes in the library, and employ at least one full-time librarian.

In general, SCATLA allows graduate students in religion, theology and philosophy to have circulation privileges at member institutions. Privileges may also be extended to faculty, depending upon the institution (see institutional information sheets). Students can obtain SCATLA cards at their institution's library.

The list below includes all SCATLA member libraries (both full and affiliate). Affiliate member libraries are indicated with an asterisk. For library contact information, see the Institutional Directory section.

This map shows all the libraries' locations.

  • Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

  • Bethel Seminary, San Diego, CA

  • Bethesda University, Anaheim, CA

  • Biola University, La Mirada, CA

  • California Baptist University, Riverside, CA*

  • Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA

  • Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, CA

  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

  • Gateway Seminary, Ontario, CA

  • Grace Mission University, Fullerton, CA

  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA

  • Hope International University, Fullerton, CA

  • International Theological Seminary, Los Angeles, CA

  • Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA*

  • Logos Evangelical Seminary, El Monte, CA

  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

  • Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, CA

  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

  • Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America, Santa Fe Springs, CA

  • St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA*

  • Southern California Seminary, El Cajon, CA

  • University of San Diego, San Diego, CA*

  • Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

  • Veritas Evangelical Seminary, Murrieta, CA*

  • Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, CA*

  • World Mission University, Los Angeles, CA