Christiansen Memorial Library

Welcome to the Library!

HISTORY

The library was originally housed on the main floor of the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy main building as a shared facility. It was originally named the Lutheran Bible School Library and later renamed the Bible-Seminary Library.

In the 1970's, the library was moved into the Broen Media Center building which housed the offices and classrooms of Lutheran Brethren Seminary. In 1990, the library was renamed the Christiansen Memorial Library after Reverend C. Christiansen (1902-1982), a former seminary professor and librarian of the Lutheran Brethren Schools.

Lutheran Brethren Seminary moved from the Broen Media Center in 2015 to a new facility connected to the Church of the Lutheran Brethren denominational headquarters.

The Christiansen Memorial Library is located in the lower level of the seminary building and houses over 22,000 print volumes, 70 periodical titles and other special collections. Additionally, The Christiansen Memorial Library is also now home to the Church of the Lutheran Brethren Archives.


MISSION

The mission of the Christiansen Memorial Library is to provide services and resources for all LBS students and faculty to support the academic program and curriculum of the Lutheran Brethren Seminary.


GOALS

The Core Abilities of Lutheran Brethren Seminary state “graduates of Lutheran Brethren Seminary will embrace a Christ-centered understanding of Scripture, demonstrate skills that correspond to the doing of ministry, exhibit attitudes that characterize God’s servants, and model godly character in life and ministry.

On that basis these are the goals of the Christiansen Memorial Library:

  • To acquire materials to adequately support the teaching program of the seminary, the research needs of the faculty and students, and the spiritual growth of faculty and students as well as the need to understand the contemporary theological and cultural trends.
  • To provide a comfortable place for reading, study, and research.
  • To have access to electronic tools to locate books or periodicals so that students and faculty can gain available material.
  • To organize materials for the most effective use by students and faculty.
  • To guide students and faculty in their selection of materials of learning desired for personal and course purposes.
  • To work cooperatively with instructors and administration of the seminary in selection of current and valuable resources for the areas they teach.

LIBRARY CATALOG

Search the library catalog to find books in our library.

WHERE DO I FIND THIS BOOK?

Take a look at this handout and this presentation* to learn how to find books on the shelves!
Additionally, take a look at this map of the library to better locate the call number you're looking for.
*The presentation is borrowed with permission from Emmaus Bible College.

LIBRARY CATALOG VIDEO TUTORIALS

Learn how to use the catalog to find the books you need:
Finding books by a specific author (2:27)
Finding a book with a specific title (1:52)
Finding books by topic (2:08)
Complex catalog searches (4:41)

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PROJECT GUTENBERG: RELIGION BOOKSHELF

Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Their eBooks were previously published by bona fide publishers.

HOW DO I GET ARTICLES FOR CLASS ASSIGNMENTS?

One way to get articles (scholarly, news, trade, and popular) is by searching a database. Lutheran Brethren Seminary has a number of databases available through a variety of vendor companies.

Listed below are the database access points available with detailed information on the disciplines and topics they cover.

EBSCOhost

Provides access to numerous databases with citations, abstracts and selected full-text. Resources most highly recommended in EBSCOhost for use are Points of View Reference Center, Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier.

ProQuest Religion Database

ProQuest Religion is an indispensable resource for religious studies programs and for anyone researching religious issues and perspectives. This resource presently has more than 260 journals, with most of them available with full-text. The content is full-text, scholarly, and designed to meet the needs of both religious studies programs and general library collections.

Google Custom Theological Journal Search

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

This guide will walk you through the steps of library research.

Understand that while this is laid out in a step-by-step, linear process, research is often iterative-- which means you may take some unexpected detours or find yourself backing up to a previous step.

This is a normal part of research!


"THE PROCESS"

1. Prepare

2. Background information

3. Books

4. Articles

5. Websites

6. Cite your sources

CHRISTIANSEN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
LUTHERAN BRETHREN SEMINARY

1036 W. Alcott Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
T: +1 (218)-739-3375
E: library@lbs.edu

STAFFED LIBRARY HOURS

Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Mr. Brent Andrews, AMLS, MDiv

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