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Donate Books

The Luther Seminary Library receives donations of theological books as detailed below. Due to limited storage space, proposed gifts of new or used materials are subject to acceptance by library staff. If you are considering a donation of print materials please first contact Mary Ann Teske to arrange your delivery.

While appropriate materials will be added to the Luther Seminary Library's collection, the library's main purpose in receiving donated books is to support the work of the Theological Book Network. Their mission is to provide top-notch academic titles in theology, religion and other disciplines requested by international partners and libraries. If you have any questions or represent a library needing donations, please contact them via email at:

The following guide lists some of the categories and books most frequently needed by emerging seminaries around the world. Books need to be published after 1980.*

  • Biblical Studies including commentaries, secondary studies, and linguistic tools
  • Theology (including French language)
  • Church History
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Missiology/Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Reference material: ONLY Encyclopedias of Theology and Religion
  • Pastoral counseling (with a theological emphasis)

*Many libraries around the world are without any environmental controls like air conditioning. The heat, humidity, and rainy seasons can deteriorate books rather rapidly.

Please note: we normally are unable to accept Bibles or Hymnals; please contact Mary Ann Teske with questions.

LILAP: Lutheran International Library Assistance Project

 For more than 20 years, the Lutheran International Library Assistance Project (LILAP), an auxiliary service program of the Luther Seminary Library and the Global Mission Institute, supplied Christian institutions of higher education around the world with good quality theological books for their libraries. Enabling the redistribution of these vital educational resources globally from a place of surplus to places of scarcity is important and rewarding work. LILAP received many expressions of thanks from recipient institutions around the world as well as from donors who have had the satisfaction of knowing that their books will remain in service. LILAP officially ended in spring 2013, but its mission continues as noted above.

Library hours

September 1-3: Closed

September 4–November 25
Mon.–Thurs.: 7:45am–10:00pm
Fri.: 7:45am –5:00pm
Sat.: 1:00–5:00pm
Sun.: 6:00–10:00pm
Nov. 17 & 18: Closed
Nov. 19-21: 8:00am-5:00pm
Nov. 22-25: Closed

November 26–January 2

Mon.–Thurs.: 7:45am–10:00pm
Fri.: 7:45am –5:00pm
Sat.: 1:00–5:00pm
Sun.: 6:00–10:00pm
Dec. 15-16: Closed
Dec. 17–21: 8:00am–5:00pm
Dec. 22–Jan. 1: Closed

January 2: 7:45am-10:00pm

*Library book stacks close 15min. before library closing time.