The New Jersey Center for the Book is affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress which was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ, hosts the NJ Center’s operations since its beginning in 2002. It is the 44th of the 52 state affiliates in a network that also includes the District of Columbia

Renee B. Swartz, a New Jersey library advocate and trustee who has wide experience throughout the state, became the coordinator and Chair of the Board of Directors. “Our home at Rutgers will help us take advantage of that institution’s wonderful resources in New Brunswick and across the state. We look forward to becoming part of this important national endeavor.”

The advisory board for the New Jersey Center for the Book includes representatives from a broad range of institutions, including Rutgers University, the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame, the New Jersey Historical Association, and several other organizations and individual libraries.

The New Jersey Center for the Book’s mission is “to celebrate books, reading, libraries, and the diverse literary heritage of New Jersey.”

For information about the Library of Congress Center for the Book’s programs, publications, and the activities of its affiliated centers for the book visit its Web site at