SLU Library Associates

A Great Library is the Heart of a Great University

The Saint Louis University Libraries constitute an extraordinary resource.  With its Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University has become internationally renowned as a research center.  The Library is the sole depository in the Western Hemisphere for the Vatican Microfilm Collection, described by one Oxford scholar as "the most important single addition ever made to the libraries of America."  It houses a superb collection of rare books, especially rich in Jesuitica, Church history, theology, philosophy, rhetoric and education, and emblem books.  In addition, Saint Louis University's professional libraries at the Schools of Medicine and Law are widely used by scholars throughout the region.

What is the Misson of the Saint Louis University Library Associates?

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Library Associates is to enhance the visibility of Saint Louis University Libraries in order to promote the development of their collections and services.

The Saint Louis University Library Associates was founded in 1964 by Father Paul C. Reinert, S.J. President of the University with the help of Henry J. Scherck and J. Barry McGannon, S.J. The goal was to build a closer relationship between the University and the community and enhance the prestige of Saint Louis University as one of Saint Louis’ most important and sustainable organizations. For more on the history, refer to the “membership kit”.

The prestigious Saint Louis Literary Award was first presented as The Wilma and Rosell Messing, Jr. Award in 1967.  In the decades since, literary giants from around the world have traveled to our community to accept this award.  The honor today known simply as the Saint Louis Literary Award is presented annually by Saint Louis University Library Associates and a select group of Patrons.

The Evenings at Home series began in 1981 with literary programs being held in private homes.  Presentations are made by authors and scholars of local and international merit.

The Saint Louis University Library Associates is also a vehicle for donating major collections to the Libraries.

Why Become an Associate of Saint Louis University Libraries?

If you love books, if you enjoy meeting people who share your interest in cultural pursuits, if you believe in supporting one of ourcommunity's major intellectual resources, the Associates of Saint Louis University Libraries welcome you.

The Need for Associates of the Libraries

In order to grow as an institution of scholarship and learning, Saint Louis University continuously expands and enriches its libraries. Your contribution helps make possible the acquisition of scarce research materials and out-of-print books ordinarily beyond the University's budget. Vital support also comes from your participation as an Associate in the activities and programs designed to increase community and national awareness of the immense cultural asset represented by our University's Libraries.

What Associates Offer its Members

  • An exclusive invitation to the annual Saint Louis Literary Award Dinner at which such distinguished contributors to the literary world as W. H. Auden, Barbara Tuchman,Tennessee Williams, James A. Michener, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Joyce Carol Oates, Shelby Foote, David McCullough, Edward Albee, and Chinua Achebe have been honored.
  • Invitations to membership-only socials and programs of substance and variety held in private homes and unusual settings.
  • Borrowing privileges from Pius XII Memorial Library.
  • Access to the unique resources of Saint Louis University Libraries, including use of the priceless Americana Collection and Vatican Library microfilm collection.
  • Priority invitations to join Associates-sponsored events.

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