The Illinois Center for the Book was originally established as an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
at the Illinois State Library
in 1985. At that time, it was the third center of its kind.
Today, the center continues on as a part of the Secretary of State's office as an official program of the Illinois State Library. The center administers statewide reading and writing programs and other related literary projects with the following mission:
Illinois Center for the Book: Nurturing and connecting readers and writers, and honoring our rich literary heritage.
To carry out this charge, the Illinois Center for the Book works within a network of the 50 state center affiliates as well as the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Illinois Center is guided by an Advisory Committee
that provides leadership and support and is directed by the efforts of the coordinator.
If you would like additional information about the Illinois Center for the Book, please contact
Matheis, the Coordinator for the Illinois Center for the Book at 217-558-2065.