Holmes Lounge

Large space with high ceilings, chandeliers, a fireplace, large windows, wood panelling, hardwood floors and molded ceilings


Holmes Lounge, originally the university’s library, is sandwiched between Eads and Ridgley Halls on the Danforth Campus. The main entrance to the lobby overlooks Brookings Quadrangle.

Rental Fee

University-Administered Events $125 per day
Housekeeping fees may apply
University-Affiliated Personal Events $2000 per day
Includes housekeeping fees
Corporate/Community Events $2500 per day
Includes housekeeping fees

Space Options

Standard Set: Tables and Club Chairs for 140 Maximum seating for a buffet dinner (without rentals): 124 Theatre-style lecture: Maximum 124 (without rentals)


Space Guidelines

  • Holmes Lounge is available for reservation after 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Weekend reservations  (Saturday/Sunday) are available throughout the day and evening.
  • Events hosted in this space must comply with the space guidelines.
  • This space is exclusive to Bon Appetit Catering.  Please contact Bon Appetit directly to arrange for any food or beverage needs.
  • This space is exclusive to WFF housekeeping services.  Clients may not move the furniture.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Learn about using Holmes Lounge for a wedding ceremony or reception.

Space Amenities

  • Thirty-one 3 foot x 3 foot pedestal tables
  • 124 wooden chairs
  • 16 leather lounge chairs
  • Podium
  • Steinway Grand piano

Equipment and Audio-Visual Features

  • 1 wireless podium microphone
  • 1 wireless handheld microphone
  • 1 wireless lavaliere microphone
  • CD player
  • iPod/MP3 player connections
  • 1 full height microphone stand
Additional Equipment and Services Cost
Small Projection Package

  • Projector
  • Screen 5×5
  • House sound system
  • Set-up and Tear-down
Panel Discussion Package – includes up to 8 tabletop microphones

  • Set-up/Tear-down and 2 hours of tech time
Staffed by a technician $30/hour
Staffed by a technician if scheduled within2 weeks of the event $40/hour

It is advisable to request any necessary equipment as soon as possible and no less than 48 hours in advance.  Equipment availability is not guaranteed. Please contact your event coordinator to discuss the use of nonuniversity audio-visual companies in this space.