In Lift 3.0:
import net.liftweb.http.Templates._ val myTemplate: Box[NodeSeq] = Templates("some" :: "template" :: "path" :: Nil)
If you want to process the template for snippets, you can use S.runTemplate. See Instant Lift Web Applications How-To
Earlier versions of Lift used a TemplateFinder object:
You can load templates from files, perhaps when making your own responses, with TemplateFinder.findAnyTemplate.