BackAbout Atla

Established in 1946 as the American Theological Library Association, 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. Our membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds. As a community of collectors and connectors, Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers.

We provide resources, professional development offerings, collaboration opportunities, and publications for our members. We create trusted research tools for the scholarly study of religion and theology, including Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®), AtlaSerials® (Atlas®), and AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®). Our association and our members play a critical role in the cycle of scholarly communication as curators, disseminators, and aggregators. Our librarians, libraries, and research tools provide access to and preserve scholarship in religion and theology.  

Atla is governed by an elected board of directors, and for the past seven decades, we have built a rich history of excellence in library collections and services, community, collaboration, and innovation. In 2015, we launched an updated strategic vision, and in 2019 we introduced a new brand system and assumed the name Atla.

Atla is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)(3) Organization.

Board of Directors

Atla is governed by an elected board of directors, and for the past seven decades, we have built a rich…

Committees, Councils, & Task Forces

Atla's Committees, Councils, and Task Forces work to achieve Atla's Mission and Organizational Ends.

Mission & Organizational Ends

The mission of the Atla is to foster the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious studies libraries and librarianship.

Vision, Purpose, & Values

In 2015 the Atla Board of Directors developed a vision for Atla as the hub of worldwide scholarly communication in theology and religion. They also codified Atla's Core Purpose & Core Values.

Recent News

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Jamie Lin Joins Atla as Education and Professional Development Manager

Please join us in welcoming Jamie Lin to Atla as the new Education and Professional Development Manager! Learn a little more about her.

A Message to Atla Members about COVID-19

Atla Executive Director Brenda Bailey-Hainer shares a message to the Atla Community concerning COVID-19.

Atla Board of Directors Members Elected for 2020-2023

Michelle Spomer, Karl Stutzman, Leslie A. Engelson, and Kerrie Burn have been elected to serve on the Atla Board of Directors, 2020-2023.

FY19 Annual Report is Now Available

The fiscal year 2019 Annual Report is now available. This report highlights the many accomplishments of the Atla community.

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