Reu Memorial Library serves the mission of Wartburg Theological Seminary by supporting the educational activities of the institution; providing a place for independent and collaborative learning; collecting, preserving, organizing, and offering resources in a variety of formats; and teaching and equipping the Wartburg community for lifelong spiritual, intellectual, and personal learning.
Educational activities of the institution
The evolution of the programs of the institution determines the shape of the resources. New courses, programs, centers, or even new emphases may require additional resources, both current and retrospective, and expanded or reorganized services.
Place for independent and collaborative learning
The library provides a welcoming, inviting environment which facilitates and nurtures study and spiritual and theological dialog.
The library provides resources through a physical collection of books, journals, audio material, and visual material, as well as an electronic collection of resources and the equipment to access these resources. Resources are added according to the collection development policy.
Lifelong spiritual, intellectual, and personal learning
The library teaches students to find, evaluate, and responsibly use information resources for lifelong learning. Research needs of the faculty are supported.
The library cooperates with the Charles C. Myers Library of the University of Dubuque through an online integrated library system. The combined resources of the libraries include 92,000 volumes at Wartburg and 180,000 volumes at the University of Dubuque plus an array of electronic resources and multimedia materials. The libraries subscribe to over 600 current periodicals with more than an additional 1,200 titles of "back issues" of periodicals no longer current. There is some duplication, but the collections on the two campuses complement each other. The two institutions are located less than one mile from each other. A daily courier service between Wartburg and the University of Dubuque facilitates use of both collections.
The library primarily serves the students, faculty, and staff at Wartburg. The library has a relationship with the University of Dubuque and provides resources such as books, journals, audio and visual material and services to UD students, faculty, and staff as feasible within the constraints of licensing, network, and other policies. To a lesser extent, the library provides services to Wartburg alumni/alumnae, local pastors and lay leaders, and other area students. As an Open Access library, the library is open to Iowa residents with proper identification.
The library is named after an early Wartburg Seminary professor, Johann Michael Reu. More information on him can be found here.