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Normal Hours (classes in session)

Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special Hours (holiday breaks and between terms)

Sunday Closed
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Major Holidays Closed

Loan Periods


Format Loan Period
Books 4 Weeks (with 2 renewals)
Closed Reserves 2 Hours or Overnight
Sound Cassettes and CDs 7 Days
Video Cassettes and DVDs 7 Days
 Archive Materials  Non-circulating
Current Periodicals Non-circulating
Reference Non-circulating
Rare Books Non-circulating

InterLibrary Loans (ILL)


Concordia Seminary Library participates regularly with other libraries across the country in lending and borrowing of materials in order to provide our own students and faculty, with resources which we do not own ourselves. Likewise, as an interlibrary lender, Concordia Seminary Library is able to provide materials for the study and understanding of Lutheranism beyond the boundaries of seminary and synod. We enjoy excellent relationships with numerous other seminaries and schools of theology, with college and university libraries, and with major public libraries. And in nearly every instance we are able to procure a book or a photocopy of a journal article at no cost to the end user.

Concordia Seminary students wishing to request an item via InterLibrary Loan (ILL) should contact Public Services, either in person at the Library’s main Circulation Desk, by phone at 314-505-7031, or via email. Be sure to provide a complete bibliographic information (author, title,publisher, date) of the work desired. Also, patrons should plan ahead to allow adequate time for materials to be shipped and received. A typical time frame for a book is 2 weeks; for photocopied articles, one week is not unusual.

Information Highway

Students, faculty, and staff of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, can access key library research tools from anywhere via the Internet.

Semnet Access (login required) allows current students, faculty, and staff to remotely connect to many of the Library’s electronic databases,e.g., MOBIUS, JSTOR, EEBO, ProQuest Dissertations/Thesis, Chicago Manual Style, BBLK, WorldCat/FirstSearch, ATLA Religion Database with ATLAS full text, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, Academic Search Elite (full text), EBSCO E-journals (full text), Religious & Theological Abstracts, National Periodical Library, INdex Theologicus, Luthers Werke (Weimar Ausgabe) Online, and Research In Ministry.

Because access to this library requires a username and password to login to the SemNet, the tools can be used only by members of the Seminary community, thus satisfying our legal obligations and database use licenses.  Access availability for all walk-in patrons on library computers.

The SemNet access provides library research tools to faculty traveling overseas, to vicars on assignment, to seminary students in distance programs such as SMP, EIIT, CHS, and the D.Min. program, as well as students in residence who simply wish to access these tools from off campus.

Reference Desk

The Reference Desk at Concordia Seminary Library welcomes inquiries from students and scholars in the areas of religion, theology, and ministry. Our Reference Desk is staffed primarily by selected students in the Seminary’s advanced degree programs, overseen and assisted by the Public Services.

If you wish to submit a question or inquiry to our Reference staff, please email us with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Contact Information (phone, e-mail, etc., as you prefer)
  3. User Category (student, faculty, LCMS pastor, other, etc.)
  4. Your question, worded as carefully and specifically as possible
  5. A date by which response is needed. We can’t guarantee the timetable, but we will make every effort to meet your need and keep you informed of progress.

Telephone inquiries are also welcome, and in fact are in some ways more advantageous, since these give us the real-time opportunity to converse about your inquiry and thus better understand how we can best help. The telephone number for the Reference Desk is 314-505-7032.

Extension Services

1.  Seminary students who are in Distance Learning Programs, on a non-local Vicarage or Internship, or otherwise legitimately outside the St. Louis region during their program of study;

2.  Rostered LCMS church workers who live outside the St. Louis bi-state region (i.e., outside the 620xx, 622xx, 630xx, 631xx, and 633xx ZIP codes).

All other users should pursue interlibrary borrowing through their local library to request our materials from a distance.

Only books can be borrowed via direct distant lending. The due date is extended from the normal 4 weeks to 6 weeks to allow for transit in both directions. Note that the Library does not normally lend materials internationally.

Requests may be made via email or by calling our Extension Services Desk at 314-505-7031. There is no cost for this service except the cost for the borrower to return the materials to Concordia Seminary Library. Items must be returned via UPS (preferred) or Priority Mail for tracking purposes.

Allow adequate time for materials to be shipped and received. Typical time frames: books (UPS, 4-6 days); photocopied article (USPS, 1 week).

Loan periods, due dates, and renewals of materials borrowed via ILL are at the discretion of the lending library.

Libraries wishing to borrow from Concordia Seminary Library should submit an online request through OCLC’s web-based Resource Sharing module in the FirstSearch/WorldCat online searching service.

 Alumni Access

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, alumni may access ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), an online database, including search engine and full text, of more than one hundred major religious and theological journals selected by leading scholars and theologians. On this platform, one can research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present through a combined total of well over 200,000 articles and book reviews.

The staff of Concordia Seminary Library are delighted to offer this most relevant and useful resource for our alumni. The research capabilities provided by ATLAS® were unimaginable only a few years ago. The full run of Concordia Journal has recently been added to the database, and plans are under way to include Concordia Theological Monthly for 1948-1973.

Access is open to all alumni of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. For more information or to request access to ATLAS®, (web address, account name, and password), send an e-mail request to and our Public Services Administrator at Concordia Seminary Library will be happy to assist you.