Nord-Amerika-Bibliothek in der Zentralbibliothek Zürich (North America Library at the Central Library, Zurich, Switzerland)

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The “North America Library” is a special collection at the Central Library Zurich (which acts as a cantonal library and the university library of the Zurich University as well) which collects literature from North America in the english language. Established in 1972 it uses a separate stamp, different from the one of the central library itself. In itself its quiet simple: a circle with the name of the collection on the border an the the name of the library in the middle.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule – ETH Zürich (Federal Technical College, Zurich, Switzerland

The ETH is one of the best universities of the world (according to several lists and factors). Its name and situation is only comprehensible in combination with the constitution of the swiss state - a university, but not really a university e.g. The stamp of the library reflects this dependence on the swiss state by representing the state (swiss cross, restraint but noticable pathos).

The ETH is one of the best universities of the world (according to several lists and factors). Its name and situation is only comprehensible in combination with the constitution of the swiss state – a university, but not really a university e.g. The stamp of the library reflects this dependence on the swiss state by representing the state (swiss cross, restraint but noticable pathos).

Besides that one defining part of this stamp is the fact that the formal title of the library does not even fit on the stamp itself, so it was necessary to use abbreviations.

Besides that one defining part of this stamp is the fact that the formal title of the library does not even fit on the stamp itself, so it was necessary to use abbreviations.

Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden, Chur (Cantonal Library of Grisons, Chur, Switzerland)

These two stamps show the development of one form of library stamps. Both stamps belong to the same library, the cantonal library of Grisons, in he Swiss mountains; both are used on the same series of booklets (the annual reports of the cantonal commission of public and school libraries in the canton of St. Gall), but in different years.

These two stamps show the development of one form of library stamps. Both stamps belong to the same library, the cantonal library of Grisons, in he Swiss mountains; both are used on the same series of booklets (the annual reports of the cantonal commission of school libraries and public libraries in the canton of St. Gall), but in different years.

The first one is from the 1977 annual report. It is simply the name of the library, with the name of the town of Chur highlighted in stronger letters. Besides that it uses a simple blue as ink and no other decorations.

The first one is from the 1977 annual report. It is simply the name of the library, with the name of the town of Chur highlighted in stronger letters. Besides that it uses a simple blue as ink and no other decorations.

The other one is used on the 1983 annual report (the first one in this series with this stamp). Here, the library changed the stamp. It  is now marked by a borderline and includes more information on the library itself, namely the adress. (Were the library still is situated today.) The stamp makes itself more clear as a library stamp, while the other one could have been overlooked as a publisher signet.

The other one is used on the 1983 annual report (the first one in this series with this stamp). Here, the library changed the stamp. It is now marked by a borderline and includes more information on the library itself, namely the adress. (Were the library still is situated today.) The stamp makes itself more clear as a library stamp, while the other one could have been overlooked as a publisher signet.

Now this booklet could be send back to the library. (Which is not meanigful on this booklet, at it is only for inhouse use; but could be handy for other books.)

Now this booklet could be send back to the library. (Which is not meanigful on this booklet, at it is only for inhouse use; but could be handy for other books.)

Universität Bern, Sozialwissenschaften (Bern, Switzerland)

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This stamp of the branch library for social science at the university of Bern, Switzerland, is very sophisticated and official. Using the emblem of the city and canton of Bern as center, sorrounded by a circle with the name of the university and the library, it looks much more than an official seal than a stamp of an open institution like an academic library.

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This works in a fitting context (here: “Goverment activity in Switerland”, using a word, “Staatstätigkeit”, which even in german sounds very old-fashioned and “swiss”). But most of the books in this library will have another topic, towards which this stamp will look quite constrating.

Berner Fachhochschule Wirtschaft (Bern, Switzerland)

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The “Berner Fachhochschule” is an University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland. This stamp originates from the branch library for economics (Wirtschaft). The stamp is close to become overwhelming in that it is a little big to massive and agitated. This seems to stem from the uneven shape of the different words on top of the stamp. From “BFHW” (the acronym), which is just in a straigth line, to “Bibliothek” (library) that is slightly bent to “Wirtschaft” (economics) which is bent into a half a circle there seems to be a movement in the stamp itself. Something seems to try to move, grounded in the bottom of the stamp itself.

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Even in the context of a (bigger) title page, the movement to the top seems to be noticeable.

Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs NTB (Buchs, Switzerland)

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This picture includes two stamps, whereas only the second one below iss the actual library stamp. Both are from the “NTB Buchs”. “NTB” is the acronym of the old name “Neu-Technikum Buchs” (new technical school Buchs) of todays “inter-domestic university of applied sciences for technical science” in Buchs, Switzerland. The institution serves parts of east of Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein (hence the “inter-domestic”). Still, it’s a small institution, and member of a network of Universities of Applied Sciences in East-Switzerland. The stamp above is the emblem of an “Anna Wettler Foundation”. The foundation seems to be in connection with the “NTB” itself, but it is not listed in the official Swiss directory of foundations. Most likely, the foundation had founded the acquisition of this (and other) books; but seemed to have ceased to exists.

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The stamp of the library is quite interessting, as it uses to be an emblem of the library and, at the same time, a verification of purchase. In the left above corner the emblem of the network of Universities of Apllied Sciences, which the NTB is a part of, can be found (although it is usually used in blue and grey, not in black), followed be the name of the library an parts of its adress. Below – and in another font, which indicates that more than ine stamp was used – is a date (in the german format), July, 26th 2007. This seems to be the date of the purchase or at least the first date of possible usage as libary item. It is quite unusual to include such information in the book itself, but it seems like the first stamp left this place open intentionally. Even below the date, below an extra line, there is a number, half stamped, half written with a pencil. This number could be an inventory number, a signature, a combination of both or something completely different. Taken out of the context of the library, it is opaque. Nevertheless, the most astoning fact of the stamp is the fact that this is a compound stamp. It seems like three different stamps and a little bit of writing were involved in the creation of this stamp.

Hochschule Rapperswil (Switzerland)

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Only semldom are embossers used as library stamp. Only special collections (e.g. grey literature, brochures or historic book) get them ofter. But this embosser is used on a “normal” book from the collection of the library of the University of Applied Science in Rapperswil, Switzerland. The style is quite simple, a circle, built from the name of the institution (“Hochschule Rapperswil”) and the word “Bibliothek”, library, in bold. Notice that “library” is situated more prominent that evrything else. The middle of the circle is an open book, symbol for the library. While both, the institution and the library, itself try to present a modern and innovative image, this stamp seems a call from the past (or, in another reading, foundation of academic institutions and libraries). It is astonishingly stylish.

hepia – Haute école du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland)

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The hepia (Haute école du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genève) is a small university of applied sciences of landscape design, engineering and architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. It is part of a network of universities of applied sciences in the french speaking part of Switzerland. All of them are quite small. This stamp from the library of the hepia uses a simple font and color, but at the same time tries to give every contact information possible, including the international number of the library (which seems a little bit overblown at first, but some students in Geneva actually reside across the border of the city and the country in france, since Geneva is surrounded by french territory on some sides, were the rent is much lower. In such cases, the international telefon number – and not just the swiss one – can become handy in some cases.)

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Nevertheless, it is noticeable how little attention seemed to be directed on the style of the stamp. It basically just “is there”, plain and simple.

Ohlone College, Fremont-Newark Community College District Learning Resources Center (Fremont and Newark, USA)

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Ohlone is a Community College, situated in Fremont and Newark in California, USA, established in the 1960s. The library is called “Learning Resources Center”, as such this stamp is not really a “libray stamp”, but a learning resources center stamp. It is quite simple in style, although it used three lines. Most interesting seams the fact, that the actual name of the college is not used for the stamp itself.

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The stamp uses a light black ink, which makes it easy to overlook on a normal title page. This is in contrast to all the library stamps using red and blue colours, which often sit very prominent on a page.

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For some reason, the name of the college is used for a second stamp (again, in a very simple font) which is affixed on the side and the bottom of the book.

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The book used here is a weeded book of the college libary. Interestingly, the stamp used to discard the book uses a much bolder and prominent font, as if the stamps taking the book into the collection should be more gentle and the stamp excluding the book more definite. (Also: Back in the early to mid-1990s, the libary stil used stamps with due dates for its books.)

Institut Français Cameroun, Yaounde (Cameroon)

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The Institut Français is the french instition charged by the french state with the promotion of french culture and language in the world, particually – but not limited to – in the countries of the “Francoponie”. (Similar to the Goethe Institut for german language and modern image of Germany, the British Council for the british culture or the Instituto Cervantes for the spanish culture.) The Institut Français has an branch in the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, including a library (or media library: Mediatheque) where this stamp is from. In comparison to other, huge stamps of libraries in Cameroon, this one is quite unobtrusive. It uses the name of the institute, of the library, and the adress of the library. The only other design elements are two stars, the red color, and the boundary line of the stamp itself.

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Still, as it seems to be fashion in Cameroon (compare other stamps in this blog), the stamp is quite big and looks massive, demanding authority.

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Again, as been shown in other posts in this blog, the same stamp is used at the side of the libary books to mark them as property of the library itself.