Offering historical texts and documents

Concordia University's Rincker Memorial Library offers students, faculty, and staff access to their rare books collection. You'll find the collection in the Arnold H. and Vern L. Moeller Rare Books Room.

CUW's rare books collection comprises more than 300 documents offering great historical research value of the development of Lutheranism, from its inception to the 1800s when European immigrants settled in the Wisconsin area. Materials are centuries old, ranging from the 1400-1800s, and were authored by notable scholars including Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, St. Augustine, and Francis Bacon. In addition, the materials were written and published in a variety of languages.

We encourage you to stop by and check out a piece of living history!

Arnold H. and Verna L. Moeller Rare Books Room use policy

Because the vast majority of the items in this room are extremely fragile, unique and rare, researchers are asked to observe the following guidelines:

  1. All rare materials must be consulted in the Reading Room. Material from these collections does not circulate into the general library.
  1. Use pencils only. No pens are permitted in the reading room. Laptops, tablets, cameras, cell phones, and other digital recording devices may also be used with permission. No flash is allowed.
  1. Beverages (including water) and food are not permitted in the Reading Room.
  1. All containers and personal effects not required for research, including briefcases, backpacks, coats, and purses, must be placed in the Library Office or at the Reference Desk after business hours.
  1. Readers are permitted to use one book at a time. Exceptions may be made by the person on duty if appropriate.
  1. Rare Book materials must be handled carefully.
  • All materials must be used flat on the table.
  • Do not make any marks on or remove marks from the materials.
  • Do not open uncut pages.
  • No books, papers, or other objects (except the special weights available to hold books open) may be laid on materials.
  • Please report to the staff any errors in cataloging or other concerns about the materials.
  1. All inquiries concerning reproductions must be referred to a staff member. As a rule, no photocopying will be permitted due to the fragility of the materials. Photography may be permitted with staff approval.
  • Please inform the staff if you intend to reproduce images from Rare Book materials for use in publication. It is the responsibility of the researcher to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce for publication.
  1. When you have finished using material, please leave the items flat on the reading room tables.  

Schedule a visit

Students, researchers, and guests interested in the subjects of theology, hymnology, sermons, and the humanities are welcome to contact the library to arrange a visit online ask a Librarian or call the library at 262-243-4554 during regular library hours.