Kantonsbibliothek Aargau, Aarau (Switzerland)

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The Kantonsbibliothek Aargau is the state library of the canton of Aargau – situated in the city of Aarau, crossed by the river Aare – of which it uses the official state emblem as the basis of it’s stamp. The emblem is simply surrounded by the name of the library in a circle. The ink of the stamp is quite fitting, in that it have been absorbed by the paper of this book. (And it’s not just this book, but serveral which act that way with this ink.)

Vadianische Bibliothek, St. Gallen (Switzerland)

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Vadian (Joachim Vadian or Joachim von Watt) was a historic figure from the late 15. and early 16. century who acted as a doctor, scholar and major of the city of St. Gall. He also led the conversation of the city from Catholicism to Protestantism (in the interpretation of Zwingli). Besides that, he is claimed as the founder of the library in St. Gall, which is now the cantonal library (under the name “Vadiana”). For centuries, this library was called “Vadianische Bibliothek” (Vadian Library). This stamp is found in a book from 1784. It is a quite different stamp, comparred to current ones. The name of the library is shortend, the stamp itself is structed like a emblem, using symbols of enlightenment (the “opening” of the drape, the laurel, the star above).

 

This stamp, used in a book from 1801, uses basically the same symbols (an opening drape, laurel), but in a neo-classical style, as an oval, Stil, the name of the library is shortend but the effect is quite distinguished.

This stamp, used in a book from 1801, uses basically the same symbols (an opening drape, laurel), but in a neo-classical style, as an oval, Stil, the name of the library is shortend but the effect is quite distinguished.

Université Louis-Pasteur, Service Commun de Documentation (France)

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Until it merged with the second universities in Strasbourg (being Marc Bloch University and Robert Schuhman University) into one University of Strasbourg in 2009, the ULP (Université Louis Pasteur) was the first Univeristy in the city, tracing itself back to the german speaking univeristy of the city, founded in 1538.
This is a library stamp – today books with the stamp can be found in the univeristy library in normal circulation – although it doesn’t say “bibliothèque”, but “Service Commun de Documentation”, combined documentation service, whereby it is not unheard of in France the call a librarian “documentalist” (the school libraries are called “centre de documentation et information”, the people working their “documentaliste”). The stamp itself is a common library stamp, using the name of the library as a texturing element, the abbrevation of the university as middle and a star as a basis.
It it worth noticing, that the style of the library of the “new university” resembles the stlye of this stamp.

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It can be seen that, at least as long as there is space, the due date-slip is still in use in this library.

Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire Strasbourg (France)

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The Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire Strasbourg is at the same time state library for the alsace region (and the second biggest library in the country) and library of the university of Strasbourg itself. The library is housed in different building – one in late 19 century fashion, representing the (then ruling) german state and its culture, one in the 1970s building of the former Robert Schuman University and several other university buildings – and uses different stamps. This stamp is the one used today. It’s simple, but effective: A circle, constructed by the name of the library, a star as a stop and grounding element. The Name of the city (itself part of the name of the library) in the middle leaves an uneasy impression – it’s the center of the stamp, but at the same time it looks like an after-though. The date stamp (09. February 2016) seems to indicate the date when the book was included into the collection of the library. (It is not a due date-stamp.) It is not clear what purpose it has, except maybe to show that the library (still ?) functions.

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The ink used for the stamps seems not to be of the best quality. Many books seem to reject the stamp in parts, particularly the ones with coated paper. At the same time, every book integrated into the collection now has a label like this, still the library uses stamps.

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The stamp in itself is a little bigger than most library stamps of similar design. It suggests a little more weight on a “normal” book.

 

Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen (City Library Schaffhausen, Switzerland)

This stamp (submitted by Barbara Tribelhorn from this respective library) is used by the "Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen" (city library of Schaffhausen). (Submitted by Barbara Tribelhorn from this respective library.) The library also acts as the cantonal library of the canton of Schaffhausen, a hybrid that is not that unusual in "smaller" swiss cantons. The stamp itself is very classic: a circle constructed out of the name of the library and two supporting lines.

This stamp is used by the “Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen” (city library of Schaffhausen). The library also acts as the cantonal library of the canton of Schaffhausen, a hybrid that is not that unusual in “smaller” swiss cantons. The stamp itself is very classic: a circle constructed out of the name of the library and two supporting lines.

Forschungsstelle für schweizerische Politik (University Library Bern, Switzerland)

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The “Center for the study of swiss politics” was founded in 1965 at the Bern University, Switzerland and later renamed into “Institute for political sciences”. It was the founding institution for political science in Switzerland. The collection of the center has been integrated into the collection of the library university. For some reason, mostly marxist literature seems to be still in the collection placed in the reading area.

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The stamp itself is non-exciting: plain, just the name of the center and the (old) adress in ink-blue. All the information on the stamp is outdated.

Bibliothek Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Bern (Library Educational Sciences, Bern University, Bern, Switzerland)

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The library for Educational Sciences (now integrated into the “Library vonRoll”) of the Bern University used to use this stamp, which on the one hand is simple as it gives only the name of the library, but on the other uses a dark, but shiny green – which is uncommon for library stamps. (But it is commonly used for the second correction on papers in the university and schools – so maybe that’s a connection).

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The green let the stamp stand out on most title pages.

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.