How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

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You believe that the people at your Church should learn more and more about their faith. You believe that being a Christian is more than just attending Mass/service. You’ve always known that the best place to learn new things is through books. The conclusion: Start up a library at Church. What an excellent idea!!!!

Steps

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Arrange a meeting with your Pastor(assuming of course, that you are not the Pastor) and the church elders.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Present your idea about having a library at the Church. Have a written letter that details what you are proposing so that it is easy to talk through the points or to add onto your ideas. Consider the following: who will you loan books to (the community or just the congregation), how long will you loan books out for, creating a committee to decide on which books should be included, when should books be taken out of the collection, how will the books be arranged (e.g. alphabetically: by author or by title or by subjects), will any resources be allocated to running the library (purchasing materials or books or computers).

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Mark on the calendar days that the library will be running. Try to keep a running total of the number of materials checked out and how many people visit to show how useful the library is to your community.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Request a committee of volunteers to help run the library.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Decide where in the Church building to have the library. Make sure that this area is well ventilated and not a humid space. Also make sure that this area is accessible for all of your members.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Start creating a list of concepts that would benefit the congregation. Focus on authors that would fit your congregation or mission statement best. Then begin making a list of books which you plan to have at the library.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Ask the congregation, local libraries, schools, or book sellers for donations for your budding library.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Make little envelopes, and stick them on the books. Using a 4 X 9.5 inch envelope sealed shut and then cut in half will hold an index card.

How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Make little library cards to place in the book envelopes. These index cards (since they hold up better than just paper) will help you keep track of when and how often the book is loaned out. These cards should list the title of the book and then below the due date and who it was loaned to. The due date should also be stamped on the library card holder in to book itself.

Things You’ll Need

  • Books on Christianity or any other religion.
  • Bookshelves.
  • Book envelopes.
  • Cards to put into envelopes.
  • Stamps.
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