Gospel Library is the gospel study app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The library includes the scriptures, general conference addresses, music, learning and teaching manuals, Church magazines, videos, audio recordings, gospel art, and more.
This guide will help you understand how to use Gospel Library as a tool to improve your gospel study at home, at Church, and on the go.
Gospel Library is available on the iOS App Store.
The first time you open Gospel Library, you may see a few tips that highlight some of the new features in the app. You can swipe through these or tap Skip.
Next, you will see a grid of images for each section of the app. This screen is called the Main Library. Each of these sections is a collection with books inside. For example, the first section is Scriptures. Tap on Scriptures, and you’ll find the standard works and basic scripture study helps like the Guide to the Scriptures.
Navigating to content is simple—just tap on the section or book you want to open, then choose a specific chapter. For example, after opening Scriptures, tap on Book of Mormon, then Alma, then 37. This will take you to Alma 37.
To go back, tap the back button (
If you want to quickly go back to the main library without pressing back multiple times, tapping the title at the top will reveal a drop-down navigation menu that shows the path back to the main library. You can tap on any level of the path to go there.
When you leave the app and come back later, the app will remember where you were so you can pick up where you left off. Or you can use the back button or the drop-down menu to navigate somewhere else.
With some exploring from the main library, you should now be able to find other content—like the latest general conference or the Come, Follow Me curriculum.
There are a few tools available to help you study when you’re in a chapter or article. We’ll use Alma 37 from the previous section as an example. First, navigate to Alma 37.
Throughout the chapter, words with footnotes appear in blue. Tapping on a footnoted word opens a related content sidebar, where you can see the content of the footnote.
If you want to see the full list of footnotes for the chapter, tap the related content button (
On bigger screens, like iPads, the sidebar is pinned open, allowing you to see the main content and related content side by side.
When you’re looking at an individual footnote in the sidebar, each reference in the footnote is listed separately with its title. Referenced verses are expanded with a snippet of quoted text, so you can get an overview without leaving the chapter you’re studying.
Tapping the title of a reference in a footnote navigates to the referenced chapter. Any time you follow a link or navigate to a different location, the back button will take you where you came from.
If you scroll down a bit in Alma 37, you’ll see page numbers in the right margin. Some of the content in Gospel Library has page numbers to help in settings where physical scriptures or manuals are being referenced.
Some users like to read in full screen mode. Doing a double-tap near the middle of the screen turns on full screen mode, hiding the top navigation bar and the bottom toolbar and expanding the reading area. To exit full screen mode, double-tap again.
When you finish reading a chapter, if you want to go on to the next, you can swipe sideways from the middle of the screen—swiping right or left goes to the previous or next chapter.
Most content has an audio recording. When you are scrolled to the top of a chapter or article that has audio, you will see a floating audio button (
The button in the middle of the audio player is the play/pause button. To listen, press play (
The buttons immediately to the left and right of the play/pause button allow you to jump backward (
If you stop listening in the middle of a chapter and come back later, the audio player will remember where you were and start playing from where you left off.
Some chapters or articles have videos. For example, most general conference talks have a video at the top. Chapters in lesson manuals sometimes have inline videos. Videos are indicated by a video thumbnail with a play button.
To play a video, tap the play button (
Sometimes you don’t know where to find something in the app. At the bottom of the screen, you can find the search button (
Start typing what you’re looking for in the search bar (for example, “faith”). As you type, search suggestions will show below the search bar. If one of the suggestions matches what you’re looking for, you can tap it. Otherwise, tap the search button on the keyboard to start a full search across all of your installed books.
When you do a full search, you should see a list of search result categories, depending on what books are installed with relevant results. You can drill into the search results by tapping on the categories to find the specific content you’re looking for.
To clear the search and start over, tap the clear button on the right side of the search bar.
To learn more tips and tricks about search, see the “Advanced search” section of the user guide.
If you want to have multiple sections of the app open at the same time, you can use screens. Screens are similar to tabs in a web browser. Tap the screens button (
The screens panel lists all of the screens you currently have open. To open a new screen, tap the floating plus button (
To close a screen, open the screens panel then swipe the screen out of the list (swiping from right to left). You will always have at least one screen open (your current screen) while the app is open.
You can use bookmarks to keep track of your current reading, interesting articles, or favorite chapters you want to come back to.
When you’re on a chapter you want to bookmark, tap the bookmarks button (
To rename a bookmark, open the bookmarks panel, then tap the Edit button to enter edit mode. When you tap on a bookmark in edit mode, it will let you rename it. You can also reorder the list of bookmarks in edit mode.
To move the bookmark to a different chapter, navigate to the new chapter, then open the bookmarks panel and tap the update button (
You can move a bookmark to a different place in the same chapter without going to the bookmarks panel by tapping the bookmark icon in the left margin then dragging the bookmark up or down.
At the top of the bookmark panel, there is also a History section that allows you to see and go to the content that you have accessed.
Long-pressing text in a chapter will select the text and bring up the annotation menu. The first button on the annotation menu is Mark (
After tapping Mark, you can choose a different color or style by pressing Style (
To change or delete a mark you’ve already created, tap lightly on the mark, and the annotation menu will appear again. The Remove button (
There are several other buttons in the annotation menu:
From the main library, you can open the Notes section of the app. Notes is divided into three subsections: All, Tags, and Notebooks.
All has all of the marks and notes you’ve created in Gospel Library, with the newest on top. You can use All to review what you’ve been marking or studying recently or to go back in time and find something from a long time ago.
Tags has the list of any tags you’ve created. From here, you can browse content you’ve tagged or manage your list of tags.
Notebooks has a list of your notebooks. You can add, edit, and remove notebooks or add new notes using the floating plus button inside a notebook. When you’re inside a notebook, tapping the Edit button allows you to remove or reorder things you’ve added to the notebook.
You can remove an entire tag or notebook by swiping it out of the list. You can also rename it by entering edit mode then tapping the tag. Both lists also have a filter bar and sort menu that make it easier to find a specific tag or notebook if the list is long.
Creating a study plan allows you to set goals and track progress in reading a specific book, manual, magazine, or conference.
To create a study plan, go to the Study Plans section of the app (from the Main Library). Then tap Create Plan (if it’s your first plan) or the floating plus button to bring up the study plan wizard.
The wizard will guide you through the process of choosing a book, setting a schedule, and adding reminders (the schedule and reminder steps are optional). Then it will create a plan with a checkable list of chapters or reading segments.
If you plan on using study features like bookmarks and notes, you will want to sign in with your Church Account in Gospel Library settings.
When you’re signed in, your personal Gospel Library data is backed up and synced to your Church Account. This keeps it safe in case anything happens to your device. It also allows you to access your data from Gospel Library instances on other devices and on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
In addition to syncing your personal data, signing in allows you to access role-based content that may be available for your calling (for example, if you’re a bishop, signing in will allow you to access Handbook 1: Stake Presidents and Bishops).
The study features of custom collections, screens, and study plans do not currently sync.
To share a quote from a chapter or article, select the text you want to share, then tap the Share button (
To share a full chapter, go to the chapter, then tap the drop-down navigation menu. Tap the Share button. This will bring up a list of sharing options.
You can also share the contents of a tag or notebook, similar to a chapter, using the Share button in the drop-down navigation menu while you’re looking at the tag or notebook in the Notes section of the app.
If there are books you access frequently, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time looking for them, you can add them to a custom collection.
To create a custom collection, go to the Main Library. Tap Edit on the top right then tap the floating plus button (
To add a book to the custom collection, find the book in the library. Then long-press on the book and choose Add to from the context menu. Finally, tap on your custom collection. You can add as many books as you’d like to a custom collection, following the same pattern.
Search in Gospel Library is relatively basic compared to advanced search engines, but understanding a few tricks might help you find what you’re looking for more quickly.
As you type in the search bar, relevant search suggestions will appear. These are shortcuts to perform an action or jump to a certain place in the app:
Search suggestions can help you get to common places quickly, but they don’t provide a full search. If you want to do a full search, type your query, then tap the Search button (
In a full search, the app looks through all of your installed content and your personal notes. It will find exact and variant words—for example, if your search includes choose it will also find results for choosing and chosen.
Using multiple keywords will find instances where all of the keywords appear on the same page, within 10 words of each other.
If you search for a phrase, the app will search for exact matches first and put those at the top of the results. If you put quotation marks around the phrase, it will do an exact phrase search.
You can repeat a search using the search history that appears in the search panel after search results have been cleared.
The first time you open Gospel Library, it will connect to the internet to install its starting content, which includes the scriptures. From that point on, the scriptures and any other books you download will be available offline. The app will check for content updates periodically when it connects to the internet.
If you want to install all of the books in a section at once, long-press on the section you want to download and choose Download All from the context menu. You can also install books in bulk by entering edit mode, selecting the books or sections you want to install, and tapping Download.
If you want to listen to audio recordings or watch videos offline, they will need to be downloaded in advance. Tap the download button (
Downloaded audio, video, and books can be managed under the Downloads section in Gospel Library settings.
Gospel Library has several settings that you can adjust to tune the app based on your preferences. To open Settings, tap the settings button (
What can I do if I don’t see the content I expect?
Gospel Library automatically checks for content updates on a regular basis. If you notice that your content is out of date, you can go to the main library and pull downward on the list of books. This will force the app to check for content updates. It will also synchronize your notes, highlights, and other user data.
You can see which content version is installed under Settings > App Details (look for the main catalog version in your language). It may be helpful to compare content versions between devices if one device has updated content and the other device doesn’t.
Sometimes content is moved from one section of the app to another. If you can’t find a publication by browsing, you might be able to find it in search. Open the search panel and start typing the name of the publication. As you type, suggestions will appear, including titles of publications, which you can tap to open.
Not all content is available in all languages. Some languages have similar but different sets of content—for example, English and American Sign Language, Portuguese and European Portuguese, or Chinese Traditional and Mandarin. You can make sure you have the correct language selected by going to Settings > Language.
In rare circumstances, an individual publication can get out of sync with the overall content version. You can remove and reinstall a book by long-pressing the book cover and choosing “Remove,” waiting a few seconds, then tapping it to reinstall. (Notes and highlights are stored separately from the publication, so you don’t need to worry about them when removing and reinstalling a book.)
Note that content is sometimes released in stages; for example, individual general conference talks become available a few days after the full sessions, and audio recordings for a magazine may become available a week or two after the magazine text.