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A Quick Guide to Ex Libris Stamps

What does ex libris mean?

Ex libris is Latin for “from the library of.” Ex libris, also known as a bookplate, is used to indicate ownership and is often printed, stamped or labeled on the inside front or back cover of a book.

Why do I need an ex libris stamp?

Ex libris stamps are an artistic and fun way to mark your books and ensure they are returned to their rightful owner! If you lend a book out to friends or family, an ex libris stamp will remind them where it came from. Stamps can also help save time and money; they are faster than writing and cheaper than labels or custom printing.

What’s on an ex libris stamp?

Bookplates typically feature a name (or space for a name) and a variety of ex libris phrases, including “from the library of,” “this book belongs to” and so on. In addition, many designs have an image, pattern, crest, badge or self-representing graphic. features a wide assortment of stock and customizable designs to choose from. Custom designs will include your name on the stamp so you no longer have to write it out. Stock designs give you a bit of versatility by leaving a space to write in any name you want. This works great if you anticipate a name change or if you want the whole family to be able to use the same stamp.

Where can I get an ex libris stamp?

Take a look at all of our bookplate designs here to find the perfect fit for your personality. Whether you like cats, bicycles, a classic look, or vintage vibes, there’s an ex libris stamp for you.

In the age of smart phones and reading tablets, there are still few things better than the look, feel and smell of flipping through the pages of an actual, tangible book. Keep the tradition alive by managing your book collection with an ex libris stamp today!



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