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 225,000 volumes, including books, bound and unbound periodicals 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.
A photocopying machine, capable of reduction and enlargement, is located at the south end of the circulation desk. Single copies cost 10 cents each, or 5 cents with the purchase of a copy card available at the circulation desk or the Business Office, Weller 209.
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 DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, records, and cassette tapes, and can attach an audio device such as an MP3 player. DVDs and CDs can also be played on the computers in Link Library Commons. Headphones are available for in-library use at the circulation desk.
Available in the reference area of the library is a device capable of enlarging the print of all book-type materials. This device, an 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 main level and upper level of the library. Contact the circulation desk to reserve these rooms for your individual or group study needs.