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)


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)


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.


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.


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.

University of Buea / Université de Buéa (Cameroon)


The University of Buea is the one university in the english-speaking part of Cameroon (which uses french and english as its main official languages). Quite a lot is made of appearance in this country, especially in official matters. This seems to be represented in this stamp as well, which is quite pronounced, using not only the prominent red, but also both official languages, the full official name of the country, the name of the ministry residing above the the university, the name of the university as well as the label “Bibliothèque / Library”. The center of the stamp is a logo, which is sometimes used by the ministry of higher education itself. This give the stamp quiet an official character.


As could be seen here, the stamp itself is made more official by its size.


Something that could be found in quite a lot of the libraries in Cameroon is an extra stamp on the side of each book. This marks the library book even more as such.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)


While another post in this blog presented the braille-version of the stamp of the Centrale Bibliootheek Amsterdam (the central public library of Amsterdam, Netherlands), this is the ink stamp version. It’s as simple as it could be: Just the name of the libarary in an simple, sanserif font, and black. The stamp in red indicates a as as part of the non-lending collection (word niet uitgeleend = will not be lend). Again: the most simple form possible, only witha an wider font and red ink.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The first time, we have found a stamp in such a style - and doubtlessly very beautiful.

The first time, we have found a stamp in such a perforated style – doubtlessly very beautiful! What was part of a painful process with a library book perforating device some decades ago, can be done with an electric document perforater in a much more automatic and easier way today. The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam used such a perforater to indicate when a book was part of the reading room (Open. Leeszaal) of their library.

To be sure,

To be sure, on the backside of the page, a rectangular stamp with the address of the reading room is added. The well visible lines make it nearly impossible to overlook the address. Probably, the library has more than one reading room and didn’t want to lose its books. To be mentioned is here also the book signature on a sticker in the right upper corner and the other codes in the middle of the page, which could mean that the book was part of different classifications.

Bibliothèque du CERN (Genève, Switzerland)


Today, this stamp has been replaced by a contemporary barcode and address sticker, but the old version of the CERN stamp was interesting because of his round form, but missing lines. The letters form the circle, leaving space for the date of receiving in the middle, but there are no circle lines which underline the form. The CERN, one of the most well-known research institutions for Theoretical Physics, based in France and Switzerland, is also famous for the invention of the world wide web.

Lehrerbibliothek der Realschule Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany)

These two stamps tell us a long and interesting story.

These two stamps tell us a long and interesting story. The pallid, eclyptic stamp tells us that this book once belonged to the “Höchere Bürgerschule Constanz”. In 1834, this school was founded in the rooms of today’s Heinrich-Suso Gymnasium, offering studies in new languages and mathematics and expanding an already well-established educational offer. In 1848, the school turned independent. Today, the Höchere Bürgerschule Constanz is more known under the name of the Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium. The second, more visible and rectangular stamp, issues the statement that the book belongs now to the Realschule in Konstanz. “Realschule” was the name of the Gymnasium from 1884-1899.

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This oval stamp belongs to the same Gymnasium mentioned before, as well. From 1899-1925 and from 1945-1948, the Gymnasium was named “Oberralschule”. It can not be said exactly from which period this stamp is coming. However, also this stamp tells us that the book was part of the teacher library. Interestingly, the stamp contains for the first time space for the numerus currens of the book.