Memento mori bookplate with skull and books

Who are bookplates for?

Jessica Le

Bookplates are typically used by people who own personal libraries or collections of books. This can include:


1. Book collectors/lenders

The biggest audience of bookplate users want to indicate ownership and add a personal touch to their books, whether this be using an ex libris stamp or stickers. They also tend to lend their books out to friends/families only for them to never see the book again! A bookplate is a sure-fire way to led the lendees know where they borrowed their book from.

2. Bibliophiles

Those who take pride in their book collection and enjoy displaying them in their personal libraries.

3. Couples or families

Having a shared library space and a way to distinguish whose book is whose, a bookplate can be a quick and beautiful way to separate out beloved volumes or even indicate it's part of a family library.

4. Gifters

For those who love to gift books to friends and families, a bookplate is an amazing gift for those who are hard to buy for. 

5. Sentimentalist 

There's a notion where adding a bookplate can add a decorative element to a person's books and enhance their aesthetic appeal. Whether you choose to mark just your favourites or your entire collection, bookplates have a way of saying "I was here, I read this, and it mattered to me".

6. Libraries, institutions and academics

In a more didactic approach, these entities tend to use bookplates as a way to identify their books as property of the library.


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Jessica Le is the founder of Fleur & Fable. She writes about bookplates and is a member of The New Australian Bookplate Society.

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