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Saint Louis University Library Associates

Become a Member

Memberships begin at $75 and include:

  • Exclusive invitation to the annual St. Louis Literary Award, which has honored distinguished writers such as W. H. Auden, Barbara Tuchman, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, and Joan Didion, among many others. See the full list here.
  • Membership-only programs held in private homes and arts and culture settings in 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.

Membership Levels for the Library Associates

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


  • Pius XII Memorial Library borrowing privileges and access to unique library resources
  • Invitations to membership-only literary programs
  • Library Associates newsletter


Includes all of the benefits listed above plus

  • Preferred seating at St. Louis Literary Award event


Includes all of the benefits listed above plus

  • St. Louis Literary Award program recognition

PATRON - $500

Includes all of the benefits listed above plus

  • A signed copy of the Awardee’s work


Includes all of the benefits listed above plus

  • Guest at exclusive reception with awardee

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The St. Louis Literary Award

For the past fifty years, the Library Associates has conferred the St. Louis Literary Award on the most important writers of our time and celebrate the contributions of literature in enriching our lives.

Tennessee Williams - 1974 recipient of the St. Louis Literary Award

The list of awardees of this prize reflects numerous Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and National Book Award recipients.

The St. Louis Literary Award is now known as one of the top literary prizes in the country. View the full list of awardees here:

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

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

Most prominently, the Associates sponsor the ST. LOUIS LITERARY AWARD described above.

Board of Directors

Elected and Ex-Officio Directors

Lana Pepper

Boo McLoughlin

Ted Ibur

Outreach Coordinator
Clarkson ”Joe” Carpenter, III

Literary Award Chair
Philip Boehm

Board Members
Kevin E. Ertl
James Hackett
Cheri Hoffman
Kent Hornberger
Tom Lowther
Frances Pestello, Ph.D.
Raymond G. Slavin, M.D.
Jane von Kaenel
Phoebe Dent Weil
Tani Wolff

Arts & Sciences Faculty Rep
Matthew Mancini
Professor-American Studies
Saint Louis University

Ex-Officio Directors
David Cassens, Dean of Libraries
Erika Cohn, Director, Law Library
Patrick McCarthy, Director, Medical Library

Related Pages

Information and registration for the 2015 St. Louis Literary Award:

Library Associates Undergraduate Writing Award

Please send Comments & Suggestions to Saint Louis University Library Associates.

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