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Welcome to the Seminary Bookshelf!

This is a digital library for religious professionals owned by the Digital Theological Library.

Although Controlled Digital Lending has been practiced by libraries for nearly two decades in the belief that CDL fell under the fair use provisions of copyright law, on March 24, 2023, the judge in the case of Hachett v. the Internet Archive ruled that CDL does not fall under fair use. Although this decision is being appealed and will likely be modified in subsequent legal proceedings, the Seminary Bookshelf respects the current court decision and has therefore removed all titles which rely upon CDL-like technologies from its collections.

Persons with a membership in the Seminary Bookshelf will be issued a refund for any membership fees.

We encourage any student of religion to use the Open Access DTL, which is free to all persons and requires no registration.

DTL Staff