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ATLA Digital Library

This is a beta release of the site. In the coming months, the site and its features will continue to be developed. We hope you will understand as you use the site. Issues can be reported to us via the Help page.



The ATLA Digital Library is being released initially in beta with its first collection, the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI). Migrated from its original home (since 2003) on the ATLA website, CDRI was a project of ATLA and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). CDRI is a repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries. The creation of CDRI was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The CDRI collection contains digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography. It's coverage focus includes ancient Near East; missions; world religion; and more. We are thrilled to give this collection a new home with improved appearance, stability, and usability.


What is the ATLA Digital Library?

The ATLA Digital Library provides discoverability and access to digital collections of interest to religion and theology researchers. It is conceived in support of ATLA’s mission of fostering the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious studies libraries and librarianship. Through collaboration with ATLA member and non-member libraries and organizations, the ATLA Digital Library Program will offer a range of services, from aggregation of metadata and linking to digital collections to hosting collections on behalf of participating libraries and organizations.


What is the ATLA Digital Library Program? 

The ATLA Digital Library is designed to provide members and other organizations with a standards compliant, sustainable, and inter-operable hub that will promote visibility and access of their valuable digital collections. ATLA and ATLA Digital Library Program participants are committed to the following principles:

• open access to and free use and re-use of metadata

• free online access to digital content to the extent possible given existing rights to the content

• collaboration and collectively developing and maintaining best practices among program participants


ATLA Digital Library Copyright Statement

American Theological Library Association is responsible solely for presenting the online cultural resources of the institutions participating in the ATLA Digital Library. Participants are responsible for the observance of copyrights of the materials in their collections.

Some of the original materials reproduced on the site may be protected by copyright. It is the user’s responsibility to determine and follow all copyright or use restrictions of the material presented here.

As a condition of participation, contributing participants have agreed that they have the right to duplicate content contained here. Contributing participants are responsible for obtaining copyright clearances and are obligated to secure all necessary permissions to display these materials.

ATLA Digital Library provides access to copyrighted materials strictly for noncommercial educational and research purposes and places no restrictions on public domain material.

ATLA Digital Library does not charge permission fees for use of such material and does not grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections.


Requesting Reproductions

Unless the terms of use are clearly stated with respect to individual items, ATLA Digital Library visitors must seek permission from the copyright owner for all uses that are not allowed by fair use and other provisions of the United States copyright law (Title 17). Requests for permission to create reproductions of any items on this site should be directed to the contributing institution.


Copyright Holders

ATLA and its participating institutions welcome feedback from any copyright owners who are not properly identified on this site so that the necessary corrections may be made. If you have any additional information about the images or would like to suggest a correction, please contact us. Be sure to include the title of the item, the contributing institution, and the URL.