Christian Library International incorporated in March 1996 after Kathleen Skaar received Christ at a women’s retreat in 1995. The Lord used Christian books to help Kathleen know him better and she wanted to help others grow in Christ.
The first Christian library began at a local YMCA in Raleigh, North Carolina with 100 books. Within several years, it grew to include a number of other outreaches.
In 2002, Kathleen’s husband contacted prison chaplains offering some of the Christian books that had been donated. The response was overwhelming. Many chaplains exclaimed that CLI “was a real answer to prayer!” That same year, her husband officially joined CLI full time as Mission Director.
CLI began to receive letters from inmates and it soon became obvious that God was working in the prisons. In 2006 CLI refined its mission to focus its resources on prisons where Christian books were dramatically changing lives.
Today, Christian Library International is primarily a prison ministry serving inmates in 1,600 prisons in all 50 states.