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Calendar

 

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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

Student, Faculty and Staff Access

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

The library catalog provides searchable access to our physical, print collections. During the renovations, all Concordia Seminary users can use the catalog to request materials for pick up at Loeber circulation desk in two to three days. Our LCMS pastors and other research friends can use the Book Request form for items in our collection that they would like to use. For more information on the renovation and requesting materials, see our FAQs.

Concordia Seminary also is part of MOBIUS, allowing students, staff and faculty to request print materials from other Missouri libraries. These are delivered to our temporary site in three to five business days. Checkout periods vary depending on medium and lending library.

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

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

The SemNet access provides library research tools to faculty traveling overseas, vicars on assignment, 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 off-campus.

Concordia Seminary also partners with other libraries across the country to provide a broader range of materials. Those looking for resources should contact the main Circulation Desk at 314-505-7031 or librarycirc@csl.edu.

Extension Services

  1. Seminary students in distance programs, on a non-local vicarage or internship, or otherwise live outside the St. Louis region during their program of study;
  2. Rostered LCMS church workers who live outside the St. Louis bi-state (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 four weeks to six weeks to allow for transit in both directions. Note that the library cannot lend materials internationally.

Requests should be made via the catalog or Book Request form. 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, four to six days); photocopied article (USPS, one week). Loan periods, due dates and renewals of materials borrowed via ILL are at the discretion of the lending library.

Alumni Access

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis alumni may access ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), an online database that includes search engine and full text of more than 100 major religious and theological journals selected by leading scholars and theologians. On this platform, alumni can research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present, through a combined total of more than 200,000 articles and book reviews.

The staff of Concordia Seminary library are delighted to offer this most relevant and useful resource to our alumni. The full run of Concordia Journal has recently been added to the database, and plans are under way to include Concordia Theological Monthly from 1948-73.

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 email request to librarycirc@csl.edu.