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Bookplate Contest


In 2016, the library adopted a new bookplate, the third in its 50-year history. Bookplates are small, graphic art prints, usually placed on the book’s inside cover. They provide proof of ownership and often provide hints about the owner’s personality, interests, or taste in design. Though they are relatively uncommon now, bookplates were a standard means of ensuring that one’s favorite books were returned after lending them out. In their 500 plus years of use they also became beloved by collectors, becoming an art form unto themselves. Rockwell Kent, Albrecht Durer, and Paul Revere are counted among artists who created bookplates.


The art of creating bookplates is not dead. Artists and graphic designers around the world regularly take on commissions to create new bookplates. Brown Library would like to expand its own bookplate tradition by engaging student artists to create a new bookplate for the 2017-2018 school year. The winner of this campus-wide contest will be awarded a prize of $100. The winning entry will be chosen by a panel of faculty and administrators. The award will be made during Spring Fling.


Brown Library Bookplates 1966-present

The library's current bookplate.

The second bookplate in use from the 1970s until 2016.

Brown Library's original bookplate from the mid to late 1960s.

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Roanoke, VA 24015
Phone: 540.857.7303

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