Commemorate with Books

Since the 15th century, printed bookplates have been used to mark ownership of books. Stanford Libraries continues this tradition by creating a unique bookplate for those who give to the Commemorate with a Book program. Below are options for honoring the memory or celebrating the lives of family, friends, and alumni. 

Make a gift

                                             In Memory of Bookplate


By tradition, Stanford University uses memorial gifts to purchase books for campus libraries. A sailing ship depicted in The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville, 1657, graces the bookplate memorializing departed family members, classmates, faculty, and others, as well as recording the names of contributors.  

In Celebration of Bookplate Celebration gifts commemorate life’s more joyous occasions – living achievements and special moments of friends and family – with a bookplate depicting musicians from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493.
Stanford Bookplate

Anyone wishing to provide new books for the Libraries may support the Commemorate with a Book program. Bookplates bearing the Stanford Seal will acknowledge your sponsorship.

In these commemorative programs, one bookplate is placed in a random, newly acquired book for each $50 donated.

View and print the Commemorate with Books donation form.