Martin Chemnitz Memorial Library
Our library offers almost 40,000 works on theology, history, philosophy, music and language. The library is open to seminary students and to those studying at Brock University, as well as local clergy and church workers. Members of the general public may also use the library but must pay a fee to obtain borrowing privileges.
Here are some helpful links:
Search the Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary Library catalogue.
Find books and electronic resources at James A. Gibson Library.
Link to reference sites on religion and philosophy.
The library subscribes to almost 100 serial publications, and holds many more in storage. Use this link to see a list of academic journals and periodicals available in our library.
Browse the Malinsky Memorial Archive Catalogue, home to Lutheran Church Canada East District archives.
Rare Book Collection
Martin Chemnitz Library houses an impressive collection of rare, antiquarian books dating back to the early 16th century. Highlights include various editions of Luther's Works, including six of the eight volumes of the Jena edition published in the mid-1500s, the entire Leipzig edition, which dates from 1729 to 1774, and the complete 24-volume set of the Walch edition, from 1740 to 1753.
Writings by other prominent theologians of the 16th-19th century are also included in the holdings. Authors include Johann Arndt (1555-1621), Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623), Christian Scriver (1629-1693), Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705), Valentine Ernst Loescher (1673-1749), and Wilhelm Loehe (1808-1872).
While these rare books are kept in a secured area of the library, they can be viewed on request. They are included in the library's online catalogue so the public can search our holdings.
From time to time, several items in the collection are brought out of storage and put on public exhibit. Here is a link to a Brock news article about a Rare Book Display we held in September 2010.
Our Donation Policy
We welcome donations of used books to our library. All donations are subject to review by the Director of the Library, who determines which books are to be added to the library collection.
Books chosen for the collection are given average retail values based on the used book market and donors are issued a Canadian tax receipt for that amount. Duplicate donations, or those deemed unsuitable for the library collection, are sold as used books and no tax receipt is issued. Please ensure that boxes of used books brought to the library include a donor’s name, address and phone number, and indicate whether a tax receipt is desired.