The University Libraries are an integral part of the educational environment at Concordia. The FWJ Sylwester Library, located in the George R. White Library & Learning Center, is open 115.5 hours per week and provides space for individual study and group interaction. Faculty librarians are available in person and via chat, telephone, or e-mail to assist students in identifying, evaluating, and locating the information needed to support their course work. Faculty librarians provide classroom instruction on research methods and information literacy and are also embedded in most online courses. Online reference and research assistance is available 24-7 through a global library network.

Selected to support scholarship in all disciplines taught at Concordia, the University Libraries’ print and electronic collections provide access to more than 590,000 volumes; 35,000 journal titles; 25,000 music scores; and thousands of video tapes, DVDs, music CDs, and streaming audio and video files. The CU Libraries are also part of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, a library consortium that provides our students, faculty, and staff access to the over 35 million print volumes held by the consortium’s 39 regional institutions. Students may also check out laptops for use while in the library.

The University Libraries’ special collections include the Robert W. Chambers Science Fiction Collection and Hebrew Sefer Torah scrolls from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Jody Thurston Northwest Center for Children’s Literature (NWCCL) and the Center for Volga German Studies are also housed in the library along with the archives of the University, the Center for Volga German Studies and the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The Science Library is located in Luther Hall near the science faculty offices. The Art and Culture Program of Concordia University Libraries features an on-going series of exhibits showcasing local artists and authors. The George R. White Library & Learning Center also houses the 1905 Coffee Shop for those visiting the library.