The Klinck Memorial Library collaborates with the Concordia community to provide exceptional service and meaningful research. The Concordia community has access to an evolving library collection, in addition to academic, public, and special library resources throughout the country. The Library exemplifies the vision of Concordia University Chicago and aspires to be the destination library for all who seek to develop their full potential through a distinctive, innovative and dynamic environment of exploration, creativity and discovery. The Klinck Memorial Library is a growing organism where students have access to millions of digital resources including: eBooks, databases, and streaming videos anywhere on and off campus. CUC students can easily request articles the library does not own within the databases, resulting in a 4 business day turnaround. Professional librarian research services are available in-person, by phone, email, or Zoom every day of the week.
The Library has three floors of quiet research spaces for individual and group work, in addition to thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and hard copy journals. The upper level of the library includes: a group study lounge area, private study carrels, the Center for Church Music and CougarNet. The lower levels of the library includes: early childhood literature and curriculum items, the University Archives, private study carrels, and a group study room that is first come, first serve. There are dozens of computer stations throughout the library with wifi and printing availability.
The Library is a member of three consortiums: RAILS, LIBRAS, and CARLI. RAILS serves 1,300 academic, public, school, and special libraries in northern and west-central Illinois, offering interlibrary delivery, shared catalog support, continuing education, consulting, shared ebook collections, cooperative purchasing, and more. LIBRAS is a consortium of 20 private college and university libraries located in the Chicago metropolitan area, focused on promoting cooperation, continuing education, and networking among its members. CARLI, consisting of over 80 academic libraries in Illinois, share resources, including the I-Share catalog. Concordia community members can easily borrow physical materials from these libraries for free through the catalog. By being a part of these powerful consortiums, the Klinck Memorial Library increases access to print and electronic resource sharing, reductions in resource costs through group purchasing options, and professional development opportunities.