The Library of Congress Center for the Book, which also administers the Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading as well as poetry and literature.
The Center for the Book was established by public law in 1977 and incorporates 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 Poetry and Literature Center strives to foster and deepen the public's appreciation of literature. To this end, the Center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers, and coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences and symposia.