First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Calif., AllianceFirst Unitarian Church of Oakland, Calif., Alliance

The life of the laity in congregations is less obvious in the collections, yet laity are often featured in congregational histories and church records. Especially important are the organizations that played active roles in local congregations: women's, men's, and young people's organizations, the Sunday School, and the literary societies.

While the library does not collect material simply based on an individual's denominational affiliation, religious or theological works by them may be found in the collection.