An electronic ex libris!

 

As part of a new open-access initiative at the Library, the JCB is offering the opportunity for Library supporters to affiliate themselves with a treasured book from our collection. In recognition of a donation to our digitization program, we will affix a *digital bookplate* to any book that has already been digitized from our collection, and if an object has not yet been digitized, for a modest additional donation, we will make the book fully available to our "digital public" through the Library's open-access digitization policy (click here for policy).

How do I choose a book?

Please consult our online catalogue, JOSIAH, to see if the Library has already produced a digital surrogate of the object in question. If not, please contact us via e-mail at jcb-exlibris to request a quote for a particular book, map, or other item from our collection. For digitization costs, please click here

How do I add a digital bookplate to my digitized object?

If you wish to affix a digital bookplate to any already digitized or newly digitized object, go to this link to select which bookplate you would like and to make a payment. Also, send an e-mail to jcb-exlibris@brown.edu and provide information about which book you would like to see the bookplate placed into. While we update our website and the program, we are still taking care of these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Each bookplate is designed by Mark Argetsinger, one of the leading book designers working today in the United States, and will be customized for no additional charge with your or your honoree's name.

How long will my bookplate be "affixed"?

The electronic bookplates affixed to digital surrogates from our collection will, in principle, be affixed "in perpetuity". Because digital formats are inherently more "unstable" than printed books, however, the Library reserves the right to update these formats over time and will make every effort to maintain the digital bookplate in place over time as well. 

Costs of a Digital Bookplate

The cost of the digital bookplate will be determined by a committee made up of members of our curatorial staff, and will in the end depend on the overall value of the object in our collection (as determined by market and other considerations). Former and current JCB fellows will be eligible for a special discount on *one* item from the collection. Please write to jcb-exlibris@brown.edu to discuss this and other options.

While a special digitization committee will determine the ultimate cost of a digital bookplate, the following guidelines will serve as an estimate:

For a book whose value is less than $5,000: $200 for a bookplate in perpetuity

For a book whose value is between $5K-10K: $400 for a bookplate in perpetuity

For a book whose value is between $10-40K: $800 for a bookplate in perpetuity

For a book whose value is between $50-99K: $1,600 for a bookplate in perpetuity.

For a book whose value is between $100-249K: $2,500 for a bookplate in perpetuity.

For a book whose value is between $250-499K: $5,000 for a bookplate in perpetuity.

For a book whose value is between $500-999K: $7,500 for a bookplate in perpetuity.

For a book whose value is between $1-5 million: $10,000 for a bookplate in perpetuity.

For a book whose value is between $5-10 million: $25,000 for a bookplate in perpetuity.

For a book whose value is $10 million and up: $50,000 for a bookplate in perpetuity.