Harvard College Library Funds

HCL Digital Bookplate Program

For many decades, endowed book funds have enabled the University to build collections of outstanding breadth and depth, unsurpassed by most other libraries. In the midst of today's challenging economic climate, these funds, and the many personal relationships they represent, are especially valued.

As the collection expands beyond the printed word, the Harvard College Library has extended its recognition of donors into the virtual realm with a digital bookplate program that allows materials in any format to bear a plate in recognition of a fund.

To identify items purchased through a fund, a thumbnail of the fund's bookplate appears in the HOLLIS record. In addition, a full image of the bookplate and information about the fund appear on a specially created fund page on the HCL web site. Clicking on the full image takes you to the master file in Harvard's Digital Repository, where you can examine the plate in detail.

Materials acquired after December 2010, with the exception of rare books and manuscripts, receive a digital rather than paper bookplate.

The creation of digital bookplates significantly reduces the cost of processing print materials so that the library can focus its resources on acquiring collections and content, and providing services for students, faculty, and other researchers.