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Mission Statement

The Empire State Center for the Book is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. The Center will work with publishers, libraries, museums, educational institutions, scholars, authors, illustrators and other interested parties to enrich book culture for the people of New York. The Center for the Book relies on grants, sponsorships and the contributions of individuals who share the ideals and support the mission of the Center to promote literature, literacy and libraries. For more information, visit our official website.

Governors Island House

The Empire State Center for the Book is programming May 6 to October 28, 2017 on Governors Island in New York Harbor. We are in an 1855 home that was occupied by military families until 1996. Today the island is managed by the Trust For Governors Island and the National Park Service. Click here for our schedule of events.

Directions & Information

For directions and ferry information, click here for the Trust For Governors Island schedule. For the history of Governors Island, click here.