NC Center for the Book

A program of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the NC Center for the Book is charged with fostering interest in books, reading, libraries, the literary heritage of North Carolina and promoting the public library's role as a community cultural center.

Key Programs Include:

Additionally, the Center celebrates NC’s literary heritage through the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Literary Map and by representing North Carolina at the annual National Book Festival.


The North Carolina Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Library of Congress  Center for the Book program. The Center, established by public law in 1977, is incorporated into several private-public partnerships designed to implement programs, awards and prizes in order to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading. Since its founding, the Library of Congress Center for the Book has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center's mission is also carried out internationally through its overseas affiliates. Additionally, more than 80 organizations have been designated Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the United States and abroad.

The North Carolina Center for the Book was established in 1992 and housed at the State Library of North Carolina. The North Carolina Humanities Council has supported the NC Center for the Book since 2000 through a partnership with the State Library of North Carolina to managing the Center’s community reading and discussion program, “Let’s Talk About It.” In 2018, operation of the NC Center for the Book and all its programming moved to the North Carolina Humanities Council. The State Library of North Carolina remains a lead sponsor of the Center’s activities.

Additional Resources

Libraries are encouraged to borrow booksets from the Transylvania County Library’s loner program. For more information on rules, costs, loan periods and availability, please click here.