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Samples of Dartmouth Library bookplates

The Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth cordially invites all interested Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students to submit an original design for a new bookplate commemorating Dartmouth College’s 250th anniversary in 2019. All designs will be created using hand-set type, ornaments, and engravings available in the Book Arts Workshop’s letterpress studio. Bookplates incorporating the winning design will be printed by hand and affixed to hardcover copies of the forthcoming coffee table history of Dartmouth. The competition comes with a $250 prize for the winner.

Told through an eclectic mix of text and images, the new history will be a beautifully produced, heavily illustrated and designed to capture the spirit, character, diverse voices, and accomplishments of the College, while implicitly making the case that Dartmouth’s historic contributions to society will only become greater as Dartmouth moves forward in the 21st century. Successful bookplate designs will evoke Dartmouth’s rich heritage while visually acknowledging the College’s unique history of being a forward-looking institution of higher learning.

Deadline for entries: May 31, 2018

Sign up for one of our Letterpress Orientation classes to learn how to set type and print with letterpress.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Bookplate Design Parameters (PDF)

For details, information, and inspiration, email Book Arts Workshop Program manager Sarah Smith at or stop by the Book Arts Workshop on the lower level of Baker Library.

Left to right: Ran Zhuo, Priyanka Sivaramakrishnan, and Dean of Libraries Sue Mehrer discuss Student Library Service Bookplate selections from 2016.

The Student Library Service Bookplate Program honors graduating student employees by inviting them to choose books or other items for the Library’s collections. Each item will include a bookplate acknowledging the student’s selection and recognizing his or her service to the Library. Eligible students have worked at least two terms in a Library department, including the Student Center for Research, Writing and Information Technology (RWIT).

“The tremendous quality and quantity of assistance that the library’s student workers provide is invaluable. It’s great that we’re able to honor the achievements of those graduating with items that have personal meaning to them,” observed Greg Potter, Research and Information Desk Coordinator. In addition to Potter and Cox, the Bookplate Program committee includes Goodie Corriveau, Wendel Cox, Julie McIntyre, and Tim Wolfe.

“The selections reflect student interests, passions, and humor,” said Cox, Research and Instruction Services (RIS) librarian for History and English. “It is always fascinating to see what they choose.”

For 2017, Dartmouth College Library honors 34 students with selections including works of fiction, musical CDs, and classic works of the cartoon arts to a musical score and a history of makeup.

An exhibit of student honorees and their selections, created by Dennis Grady, Dartmouth College Library Web Support and Graphic Arts Specialist, runs in Baker Main Hall June 9-August 30, 2017. Baker-Berry Library display panels will also present each honoree's selection.

Visit the Bookplate Program’s webpage for a full listing of student selections for the program.