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Saint Louis University Library Associates

The Mission of the Library Associates is to enhance the Saint Louis University Libraries and the development of their world renowned collections and services.

Most prominently, the associates sponsor the St. Louis Literary Award. Annually, the associates present a generous gift to the SLU Libraries. In addition, the associates contribute to the cultural life of the larger St. Louis community by presenting literary and cultural programs. Members enjoy the Evenings at Home series, which introduces local authors in the setting of private homes.

Become a Library Associates Member

Memberships begin at $100 and include:

  • Exclusive invitation to the annual St. Louis Literary Award, which has honored distinguished writers such as Margaret Atwood, Stephen Sondheim, W. H. Auden, Barbara Tuchman, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, and Joan Didion, among many others.
  • Membership-only programs held in private homes, the SLU campus, and arts and culture settings around the community.
  • Access to the unique resources of Saint Louis University Libraries, including use of comprehensive collections in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Borrowing privileges from Pius XII Memorial Library.
  • St. Louis Literary Award merchandise at every level.

Membership Levels for the Library Associates

Patron Benefactor
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St. Louis Literary Award merchandise

Borrowing privileges at Pius Library 
and access to unique library resources

Exclusive invitations to members-only 
cultural events and the St. Louis 
Literary Award ceremony
and Author Craft Talks

A copy of University Archivist, 
Emeritus, John Waide's book The Story 
of the St. Louis Literary Award

Participation in the SLU Campus Read 
featuring book talks and additional 
programs connected to a featured book 
written by the current St. Louis 
Literary Award recipient



All benefits listed before



Program recognition

All benefits listed before



Signed copy of the awardee's work

Preferred seating at St. Louis Literary 
Award event

All benefits listed before



Dinner with awardee at a private home and two award reception tickets

All benefits listed before


To Become a Library Associates Member Today

On the form, please fill in the dollar amount of the level of membership you would like, based on the categories above. For questions or more information, please contact Donna Neely at (314) 977-3100.

Who are the Library Associates?

In 1964, SLU President Father Paul Reinert convened a group of civic-minded St. Louisans of varied religions to establish an organization dedicated to the growth of the university libraries.

Among the riches of the libraries are The Vatican Film Library, described by one Oxford scholar as “the most important single addition ever made to the libraries of America,” and an invaluable rare books collection that is especially rich in Jesuit and Church history, theology, philosophy, rhetoric and education, and emblem books.

Annual Newsletter

St. Louis Literary Award Merchandise

15 oz Ceramic Coffee Mug

15 oz Ceramic Coffee Mug

5x8 Velvet Touch Journal

5x8 Velvet Touch Journal

25 oz Aluminum Sports Bottle

25 oz Aluminum Sports Bottle

4.5x14x16 Cotton Canvas Tote Bag

4.5x14x16 Cotton Canvas Tote Bag




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