Library renovation

Improved space for theological study. State-of-the-art web connectivity. Preservation of world-class collections. Those are only a few of the many features of the exciting and much needed renovation of the Concordia Seminary library, built in 1962, and planned for a renovation between 2017-18.

Library services will continue during construction in a temporary location. To make the transition as smooth as possible for library users on campus and worldwide, library staff offer the following information:

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Q: Will library services continue during the renovation?

A: Yes! With the exception of Feb. 18 to March 5, 2017 — the break between winter and spring quarters — library services will continue in the lower lever of Loeber Hall (former site of the campus bookstore). No library services will be available during the two-week period.

Q: When will construction for the library renovation begin, and when is it scheduled to be complete?

A: Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2017 — the same day as Commencement — and construction is expected to begin soon thereafter. The newly renovated library is expected to open in fall 2018.

Q: What is the biggest impact on library users?

A: The need to plan ahead. Same day check out of circulating books will not be available in the transitional library. Some materials — including closed reserve, reference, current periodicals and all electronic resources — will be available onsite, but all circulating items and microforms will be stored at another location. Materials offsite can be accessed by online requests, with pick-up typically the next day at Loeber. Requests will be fulfilled through a daily "pull from temporary library storage. For faculty, staff and students, click here for instructions on requesting books. For special patrons wishing to request one our books, click here. For all article requests click here.

Q: How will course materials be accessed by Seminary students?

A: Course materials — such as textbooks for Master of Divinity students and other high-demad materials in closed reserve — will be available at Loeber. Per the usual routine, students can check out course materials for three hours. Basic refence materials — general reference and biblical reference — also will be available at Loeber. Please note that open stacks materials and back issues of bound periodicals will need to be requested for the next day access.

Q: Will study space still be available?

A: Yes! One reason fewer resources will be onsite at Loeber is to provide places to study and read. Also printers, scanners, and microform equipment will be available.

Q: What's the biggest impact on library users beyond St. Louis?

A: The library will continue to fulfill requests for shipped resources. However, physical materials and copies from microfroms will be delayed by 24-48 hours. All electronic materials will remain avvailable for use.

Q: How will the entrance to the renovated library change?

A: The renovation calls for the construction of an additional entrance. Located on the building's south side, the new entrance also will serve as more welcoming entry and focal point for the entire campus. More main floor open spaces and a coffee bar with casual seating will provide an inviting thoroughfare for students and visitors. The existing north-facing entrance will remain, so the library will serve as a primary corridor connecting to the core of campus.