Library name honors longtime professor
The original part of the library consists of about 18,000 square feet, was completed in 1960, and was named in honor of J. T. Link, longtime professor at Concordia.
An addition to the building in 1981 expanded the square footage to 55,000, the collection capacity to about 250,000 volumes, and seating capacity to 400. The main level houses the circulation desk, periodicals, reference collection, Link Library Commons, vending machines, a microform reader/printer, the Instructional Technology Center and the Academic Resource Center.
The upper level houses the curriculum collection, the Renata Koschmann Children's Collection, the Music Loft and several study/conference rooms for use by students and faculty.
The general book collection occupies the major portion of the lower level, which also houses the college archives and the Bartels Rock and Mineral Museum.
Link's collection totals about 200,000 volumes, including books, periodicals, curriculum and multimedia items. In addition to the periodical/journal backfiles, the library subscribes to numerous current periodicals and several major newspapers.
Seven computers throughout the library provide access to the library's online catalog, for searching our collections. Thirty-six computers are available in the Link Library Commons and L-132 classroom, for researching information sources on the Internet and online databases to which the library subscribes. Database access is also available to students and faculty on or off campus, through the library website.
For materials not held in Link's collections and subscriptions, we encourage students and faculty to submit interlibrary loan requests via the Link Library website. Books usually arrive within 3-5 days, while periodical/journal articles can arrive in 2-3 days. The charge for interlibrary service is 25 cents per item for undergraduate students.
A photocopier/printer/scanner is located in the library commons. It can print black and white or color, and allows reducing and enlarging. Students and faculty/staff may print or make copies using their campus ID. For library guests, photocopying or printing from the computers costs 10 cents per page, or 25 cents for color. Ask for assistance at the library service desk. Scanning documents to a USB drive is free.
The Instructional Technology Center provides laminating services for posters, maps and other teaching materials. Charges depend upon size and quantity of materials.
The listening room in the second floor Music Loft is equipped to play DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, records, and cassette tapes, and can attach an audio device such as an MP3 player. Check out the listening room key at the library service desk. DVDs and CDs can also be played on the computers in room 132 in the library commons. Headphones are available for in-library use at the library service desk. A large-screen TV and media player is also available iin room 222.
Available in the reference area of the library is a video device for enlarged viewing of any print materials. This Aladdin Telesensory machine was placed in Link Library for community use by the family of the late Dr. H. C. Riggert, who spent his professional life in Seward as an optometrist.
Group study rooms
Several individual and group study rooms are available on the upper level of the library on a first-come basis.