Selecting Library Materials

Developing Your Church Library Collection

Selecting materials for your church library is one of the most important and difficult jobs for church librarians.  Often times people will donate books to the church library and it is the librarian's job to determine if they are appropriate or not.  There is also the need to purchase books and other media from reliable sources at reasonable prices.  WELS-CLO can help with the following resources:

Book shelves

Suggested Books for Church Librarians
Northwestern Publishing House provides this list as a service to church libraries. These books/DVDs have been approved by NPH reviewers who are WELS/ELSpastors and teachers and therefore are considered excellent choices for WELS/ELS church libraries. Click on the link below to go directly to Northwestern Publishing House's online catalog to purchase these items.

Reformation 500 Resources from NPH
A list of current and upcoming books and other items to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Books Authored by WELS Women
These excellent resources have all been authored by women in the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod.  Any of them would be ideal for a church library.
Thanks to Naomi Schmidt for compiling the list.
Criteria for Book Selection
A guide for selecting new and used books for your church library
Directory of Christian Publishers
This handy list of Christian publishers is helpful for publisher contact information and for determining the denominational affiliation of various publishers. Many small publishers like Northwestern Publishing House are not included in this list put together by the National Church Library Association.
Weeding Your Collection
Guidelines to help with the weeding process to keep your church library current and up-to-date

Finding Materials for your Church Library

The following websites are good sources for finding new and used books and other media:





Christian Book Distributors

Concordia Publishing House (CPH)

Google Books

Northwestern Publishing House (NPH)

PaperBack Swap

WELS Multi-Language Publications

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Library

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