We must also lessen the number of theological books, and choose the best; for it is not the number of books that make the learned man; nor much reading, but good books often read, however few, make a man learned in the Scriptures and pious. – Martin Luther

Legal and Copyright

Legal and Copyright


Unless otherwise noted, all books published by the Lutheran Library were originally released before 1922 and have entered the public domain.1 They have been scanned, carefully proofread and edited, and prepared by hand for use on ebook readers, tablets and other electronic devices.

These Lutheran Library formatted editions are copyrighted. You are permitted to use them freely and share them with others. We ask that you do not sell them, nor strip the Lutheran Library covers and other identifying information from them.

Covers and images

The book covers and website images used by the Lutheran Library are two dimensional reproductions of artworks made before 1922 and are considered to be in the public domain.2

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Cover image John Lavery, High Treason 1916

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain#Copyright_term_table 

  2. These photographs of artworks are in the public domain in the United States because they were published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923. See also https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/copyright-laws-on-very-old-art-works-39011.html