Menno Simons Historical Library

Menno Simons Historical Library

The mission of the Menno Simons Historical Library is to collect, maintain, and provide access to materials that represent Anabaptist and Mennonite experiences as well as resources relating to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our collection includes a large number of rare books from both Europe and the United States on these topics. We also have an extensive collection of genealogical materials related to Mennonites and Shenandoah Valley families.

If you are looking to learn more about Mennonites, the history of the Shenandoah Valley, or your family history stop by for a visit! Our staff will be glad to get you connected to the resources you are looking for.

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Location: The Menno Simons Historical Library is located on the top floor of EMU’s Hartzler Library. 

Library Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 9 am -12 noon & 1 pm - 4 pm.; Tuesday and Thursday - by appointment only.


Library Staff

Simone HorstSimone Horst, Special Collections Librarian

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Policies: Materials housed in the historical library do not circulate. Please contact the staff, listed at right, to access materials after hours. The MSHL collection development policy lays the ground work for materials acquired by the library.

Digital collections

Check out this collection of Historic EMU documents.
Digital Flat files

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