Welcome to Concordia’s FWJ Sylwester Library
The Concordia Library is named after the university’s first president. Following FWJ’s retirement, he also became the university’s first library director. It is my honor to serve as the fourth director of the library system in the university’s over 105-year history!
The new 74,000-square-foot George R. White Library and Learning Center in which the FWJ Sylwester Library is located opened in the fall of 2009 as a LEED Gold Certified building, demonstrating Concordia’s commitment to be a responsible steward of the community’s resources. The internationally acclaimed faculty and staff of the University Libraries are available in person, by phone, and by email to help you with any information need. The Libraries’ faculty also teach research methods courses at all levels of the academic curriculum, and serve as resource specialists for senior thesis preparation. Each Libraries’ faculty member is assigned to an academic department for which they also serve as a discipline-specific bibliographer.
The resources of the University Libraries include more than 150,000 printed volumes, over 250,000 e-book volumes, approximately 35,000 e-journal titles, thousands of DVDs and streaming videos, and thousands of music scores and streaming musical recordings. The University Libraries also run the Arts & Culture Program which brings dozens of artists, authors, and illustrators to campus each year. The new building serves as an exquisite backdrop for these events!
In the library you will find study areas to meet every learning preference, from 10 large group study rooms to quiet solitary study carrels on the third floor. There are wooden tables with chairs alongside comfortable couches.
The new building houses not only the FWJ Sylwester Library, but also 12 state-of-the art classrooms, over 30 faculty offices, the 1905 Café, the Center for Volga German Studies, the Richard Paul & Jane Roe Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre, the Jody Thurston Northwest Center for Children’s Literature, and the Art & Carol Wahlers Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership.
In the FWJ Sylwester Library you will also find the Archives for both Concordia University and the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The University’s Special Collections are numerous and available for use to support student learning. Some of the most notable include the Robert W. Chambers Science Fiction Collection and the Berta & Elmer Hader Collection.
The University Libraries resources are available to inform your discovery, enliven your imagination, and inspire your creativity as a life-long learner, seeking to become a leader who will transform society! Please let me know how I can assist in that endeavor.