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MTLA

Guide to the resources of the Minnesota Theological Library Association

About MTLA


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As part of the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools, the five theological libraries hold about 775,000 volumes representing about 350,000 unique titles. These holdings constitute the most significant resource in religious studies between Chicago and the West Coast.

Luther Seminary and United Theological Seminary have free-standing catalogs. Bethel Seminary (Lundquist Library) and St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity (Ireland Library) both belong to the CLIC system (Cooperating Libraries in Consortium). St.John's is part of PALS, the Minnesota state system. See the Library Catalog section on each library page for more information and links.

In addition, each of the MTLA libraries provides many other electronic resources, both online and on site, tailored to their constituencies. Contact the libraries for information.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a primary resource for teaching, learning, and research for theological education as a regional association of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA).  Membership is limited to the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools and other ATLA institutional members in the region.  All programs sponsored by MTLA are open to other librarians.  We facilitate cooperation and collaboration among our members by:

  • Offering access to resources from a diversity of collections
  • Providing opportunities for professional development, collegial relationships, and shared expertise
  • Working together to develop unique individual collections with complementary strengths
  • Any projects of MTLA that require financial commitments will be voluntary on the part of member institutions