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 over 35 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. Nearly two million dollars has been raised for the library endowment through the past seventeen 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.


Now Available:
Gustie Gormet II Cookbook

Gustie Gourmet

Click here to order.


Upcoming Events:

Spring Author Day

April 16, 2014
Edina Country Club
Featured Author: Sarah Stonich
Click here to order tickets.

sarah stonich


Books in Bloom
May 2 - 4, 2014
Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

Friday, May 2 - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 4 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public




Recent Events:


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.


Gustavus 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

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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


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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.