Missouri Center for the Book
The Missouri Center for the Book was established in 1993 “to bring the words and ideas of books into the thoughts and lives of Missourians.” The Center is a statewide organization that promotes the importance of books and reading to Missouri residents, celebrates the state’s literary heritage, and recognizes the contributions of Missouri’s authors, book illustrators, booksellers, publishers, librarians, and others involved in the literary arts. The Missouri Center is an affiliate of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which was established by law in 1977 to strengthen and celebrate the vital role of books, reading, and libraries in the cultural life of the nation.
The Center is governed by a board of directors composed of authors, publishers, librarians, editors, and community leaders. The board develops programs and plans activities that stimulate public interest in books and reading.
Missouri Authors Book Collection
The Missouri Authors Book Collection is a circulating collection of more than 600 books written by Missouri authors. Housed in the Reference Services Division of the Missouri State Library, this special collection showcases the diversity of the state’s writers and represents works in many genres. The Center welcomes donations to the collection from Missouri authors within current guidelines. Please contact the Missouri Center for the Book for further information.
The Center compiles book exhibits, upon request, from the Missouri Authors Book Collection for use by schools, libraries, and community groups and institutions. The Missouri Center for the Book is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions to the Center are tax deductible.
Contact Us: Missouri Center for the Book at The St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL 1 University Blvd. St. Louis, MO., 63121 314.516.7242 (Please leave a message. Your call will be returned. Thank you.)