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The Seminary Bookshelf is an academic library owned by the Digital Theological Library (DTL), a California-based non-profit corporation funded by a group of seminaries around the world. The Seminary Bookshelf was created to provide religious professionals with a research library to support their professional work and personal growth. Memberships in the Seminary Bookshelf is limited to individuals and is not open to institutions, to students in college or seminary, or to faculty at any institution.

The Digital Theological Library is a co-owned, born-digital library of religious and theological studies. The mission of the DTL is to provide its co-owning institutions with the highest quality digital resources in religious and theological studies at the lowest possible costs.

Use of the DTL's leased and purchased information resources is restricted to the DTL's co-owning institutions. Co-ownership is restricted to nonprofit graduate schools in religious and theological institutions without regard for religious affiliation. The DTL is an independently incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. The DTL is governed by an executive committee elected by the co-owning institutions.