Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)

Our Mission Statement:

"Gustavus Library Associates promotes learning, literature, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College."

Gustavus Library Associates celebrates 39 years as a friends-of-the-college organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus. An active board of directors (40 regular and 30 emirita members) plans a year-long calendar of events including a Fall Membership Tea, Author Days, a Scandinavian Smorgasbord Luncheon celebrating the Festival of St. Lucia, and Books in Bloom. All GLA members receive invitations to these events.

A Royal Affair, a biennial gala benefit, is the primary fundraiser for the library. Over two million dollars has been raised for the library endowment through the past eighteen fundraisers.

The membership of the Gustavus Library Associates totals nearly 500 people, with membership dues dedicated directly to the acquisitions budget. Download a membership application.

Gustavus Library Associates publish a tri-annual newsletter, Ex Libris. Download the most recent issue.


Upcoming Events:

 Books in Bloom
May 1-3, 2015
Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

Books in Bloom is a friend-raising initiative of Gustavus Library Associates and will be open on Honors Weekend, May 1-3, 2015 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. 

Modeled after Art in Bloom, the annual spring event celebrated by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Books in Bloom will highlight about 25 books, media, technology and other resource materials within the library with specially-designed floral arrangements.

The floral arrangements, called blooms, will be on display in the library on:
Friday, May 1          3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2    10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, May 3       11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public at no charge.  A map and guide book will be available at the door.

To see photos from the 2014 event, click here.


A Royal Affair is Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN


Recent Events:

Author Day
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Guest Speaker: Eric Dregni

Dregni   slideshow

room   signing

  In Cod We Trust       Vikings    Minnetonka

Festival of St. Lucia
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Entertainment provided by Lori Evert and Anja -
"The Christmas Wish"

Christmas Wish Book  Anja playing


 Books in Bloom
 May 2 - 4, 2014

 Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

 Click here to see a slide show of the event.


BIB poster

Spring Author Day

April 16, 2014
Edina Country Club
Featured Author: Sarah Stonich

 sarah stonich

A Royal Affair

Royal Affair

An evening of merriment, wonderful food, creative auctions, music and dancing.

Saturday, November 16, 2013, Radison Blu, Mall of America

Click here for photos of the event.


Festival of Lucia

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Swedish Smörgåsbord & Guest Speaker: Dave Kenney, author of the College’s two Sesquicentennial histories


Click here for more photos of the event.

GLA Membership Event

Monday, September 23, 2013
President's Home, Gustavus

Books in Bloom

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus
May 3-5, 2013
Free and Open to the Public

Books in Bloom Photo Album

Sponsor and Designer

"The Hobbit"

Books in Bloom sponsors, Milt and Elaine Brostrom and designer, Chuck Eggert

BIB Poster



GLA Spring Author Day

Featuring: Peter Geye
(Author Web Page)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Edina Country Club

Peter Geye Photo

For more photos, see:
Geye Photo Album

Festival of Lucia

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Flikorna Fem

For more photos, see: Lucia Pictures

Beyond The Girl - Women Crime Writers from Scandinavia
October 10, 2012

Author Day

Membership Tea - September 17, 2012

Membership Tea Photo

View More Photos Here

Author Day - "Writer's Workshop" with Becky Fremo - May 10, 2012

Fremo Picture

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Books in Bloom - May 4-6, 2012



Click here to view slide show of Books in Bloom 2012

Festival of St. Lucia Luncheon


Click here for more photos of the event.

Fall Author Day with Laurie Hertzel


October 18, 2011

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Books in Bloom

May 6-8, 2011- Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College

Books in Bloom was designed to tickle the creativity of floral/plant arrangers to illustrate selected media from the library.

In this inaugural year, twenty-two blooms were sponsored and designed and enjoyed by over 400 guests over the weekend.

If you missed it, or would like to enjoy it again, click on Flickr for photos of the event.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:

Kraus Anderson logo

tds logo

Spring Author Day with Lise and Heid Erdrich

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The authors sign their books and talk with guests.