The University of North Carolina Press, a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general-interest books and journals, operates simultaneously in a business environment and in the world of scholarship and ideas. The Press advances the University’s triple mission of teaching, research, and public service by publishing first-rate books and journals for students, scholars, and general readers. The Press has earned a distinguished reputation by publishing excellent work from the nation’s leading scholars, writers, and intellectuals and by presenting that work effectively to wide-ranging audiences.

Established in 1922, UNC Press was the first university press in the South and one of the first in the nation. Our regional publishing program—aimed at general readers and offering engaging, authoritative work on all aspects of the region’s history and culture, its natural and built environment, its music, food, literature, geography, plant and animal life—has been widely adopted in other parts of the country. Over the years, UNC Press books have won hundreds of prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and those of many national scholarly societies.

2nd $1M

Mellon grant supports open digital editions of new monographs


books published annually


years of business as the first university press in the South and one of the oldest in the nation


The Office of Scholarly Publishing Services

The Office of Scholarly Publishing Services serves the University of North Carolina System by providing access to a range of sustainable, mission-driven publishing models and solutions. Leveraging the expertise of UNC Press and its nonprofit subsidiary, Longleaf Services, the Press collaborates with libraries, research centers, institutes, and departments to lower the cost of producing and disseminating quality educational and scholarly publications.
More about OSPS

UNC Press Blog

The blog is a tool for UNC Press to stay connected to readers, authors, booksellers, scholars, students, and industry colleagues.
Read the blog


You can support the work of the UNC Press in a variety of ways: donate to the annual fund, sponsor a book, or donate author royalties. With 80 percent of the budget from book sales, buying a UNC Press book is also a wonderful way to support the Press.
Support the press