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. 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. The actions of the executive committee are guided by the corporation's bylaws.
Use of the DTL's leased and purchased information resources is restricted to the DTL's co-owning institutions. Co-ownership is restricted to non-profit graduate schools in religious and theological institutions without regard for religious affiliation.
The library's founder is Dr. Thomas E. Philips.