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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 from Home series, which features authors with a Missouri connection in various locations around St. Louis.

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

Membership  Level Benefits
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Contributing Member



  • 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

Supporting Member


  • All benefits listed above

Literary Member


  • Program recognition
  • All benefits listed above



  • Signed copy of the awardee's work
  • Preferred seating at St. Louis Literary Award event
  • All benefits listed above



  • Four Literary Award reception tickets
  • 1 lb. bag of Kaldis St. Louis Literary Award special blend coffee
  • All benefits listed above


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.

Support SLU Library Associates

Annual Newsletter

St. Louis Literary Award Merchandise

15 oz Ceramic Coffee Mug

15 oz Ceramic Coffee Mug - $11

5x8 Velvet Touch Journal

5x8 Velvet Touch Journal - $12

25 oz Aluminum Sports Bottle

25 oz Aluminum Sports Bottle - $14

4.5x14x16 Cotton Canvas Tote Bag

4.5x14x16 Cotton Canvas Tote Bag - $16 

Please send comments and suggestions to Saint Louis University Library Associates.