Become a Friend

Friends of the St. Louis Public Library
provide annual support for the St. Louis Public Library, a living cultural institution that enriches all of our lives by strengthening and connecting our St. Louis community.

This funding currently supports the Library’s literacy and after-school programs which serve close to 30,000 children and teens each year throughout the City of St. Louis.

In a community where 41.7% of children under the age of 18 were living in poverty in 2014 (, the St. Louis Public Library is a crucial resource. And at a time when many city schools have reduced their Library services or have removed them altogether… St. Louis families don’t just use their public Library, they depend on it.

Support Library programs and initiatives by becoming a Friend today!

Your Friends gift ensures that St. Louisans have free access to literacy and after-school programs including:
• Homework Helpers (ages 5-18)
• Summer Reading Club (ages 4-17)
• Read it Forward (ages 12-18)
• Reading Pays (ages 7-12)
• Veterans Writing Workshops (adults)

Aside from knowing that you’re supporting an organization you love, here are the added benefits of becoming a Friend of the St. Louis Public Library:

$50 Mark Twain Friend ($4.17/mo.)
$45 Young Literati Friend ($3.75/mo.)
$40 Senior Maya Angelou Friend ($3.34/mo.)
• E-newsletters
• Invitations to Friends-only events and reserved seating at select author events
• Bookplate in your honor in a new book within the Library’s collection
• Friends of the SLPL static window cling

$100 Eugene Field Friend ($8.34/mo.)
• All previous benefits
• PLUS Friends premium item

$250 Langston Hughes Friend ($20.84/mo.)
• All previous benefits
• PLUS set of SLPL notecards

$500 T.S. Eliot Friend ($41.67/mo.)
• All previous benefits
• PLUS behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library

$1,000 Tennessee Williams Society Friend ($83.34/mo.)
• All previous benefits
• PLUS Invitation to an Annual Appreciation Reception

Choose a level—whatever best fits your ability and love for the Library. And remember, you can give monthly!

How to make your gift
Make your Friends gift online
• Call us at 314-539-0359 to make your gift by phone
• Contact us ( or 314-539-0359) to request information by mail
• Mail your gift to:
St. Louis Public Library Foundation
1415 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103