Students in the Rincker Memorial LibraryStudents in the Rincker Memorial Library

Recognizing an important need, Concordia University Wisconsin's Rincker Memorial Library has a number of free e-books available to students, faculty and staff looking to gain insight on racial justice.

The library has a robust array of books that are available online.

The following 10 e-books on racial justice are available:

Last Monday, the first of three discussions sponsored by the university’s Black Student Union entitled “The Effects of Racial Inequality on College Students” was held via Zoom for students, faculty, staff and administrators. The hour-long session was moderated by Eugene Pitchford III, Black Student Union advisor, and Dean of Students Dr. Steven Gerner. Two more discussions will take place later this summer on July 8 and August 5.

Director of Library Services Christian Himsel (’87) and his staff are busy planning for the uncommon return to campus. “We’re striving to continue our strong, virtual library presence and leverage our robust digital resources,” Himsel said. “In doing so, we can combine the rich, 24/7, 365 digital offerings with the safety of personalized assistance as needed in the Ask A Librarian web form, chat and Zoom,” he added.

“During these uncertain times, continuing down this path offers the best of both worlds, neither of which is new to the library since we’ve been supporting students at a distance for a great many years,” affirmed Himsel. “We’ll continue our flexible stance of handling due dates and returns over the summer, and as we look forward to a limited reopening of our physical spaces in July, our hope is to allow as much of a semblance of the library environment that our many users cherish, but with the utmost consideration for everyone’s health and well-being,” Himsel stressed.

Do you have a question or need further assistance on obtaining library resources? Please contact Elaine Gustafson, MLIS, MS, Instruction, Research Librarian at

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