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Browse Our Bookplates

Bookplate of Thomas Davies

We’ve digitised over 230 bookplates from our special collections, which you can discover here.

Bookplates are small printed labels pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership. Bookplates are often referred to as ‘ex libris’ which means ‘from the books of…’

Our collection includes several armorial plates, featuring the heraldic emblems and mottoes of landed families or estates. Others are designed by artists for their own libraries, or those of their friends and colleagues. Our collection encompasses a wide range of aesthetic styles, from classical to Art Nouveau.

In the early years of GSA Library, many of our books were donated by eminent people, visiting dignitaries, or people associated with the School. Today we can use their bookplates, with documentary records in our Archives, to trace the journey of these books have taken to reach us.

In the past, our students would design GSA Library’s bookplates through open competitions. To date, we have only been able to name one of these students, Elizabeth Jamieson, who designed a plate for us in January 1945. She received £5.5.0 for her design.

Browse our gallery these miniature works of art here.

Alternative Reading Lists

Glasgow School of Art Library is committed to supporting both institutional and student-led initiatives to diversify the curriculum. To this end, we now link to both internally- and externally-compiled lists of alternative readings, that aim to introduce us all to a broader range of cultural perspectives.

Click here to browse alternative readings lists.

Image courtesy Alessandro Milliucci https://flic.kr/p/eGhiYV Some rights reserved

Race & Rights Reading Group

Race, Rights and Sovereignty, in partnership with the GSA Library, presents a series of three reading groups uncovering and examining a number of books in GSA’s historical collections (mainly dating from the 19th century) that are written from paradigms that we would be critical of today, many with a colonial outlook. In these reading and discussion groups, we will explore and interrogate these selected texts collectively in order to deconstruct and consider how we can engage with these texts today, and where they are situated within contemporary libraries and archive holdings.

In the first reading group, we will examine the role of image representation in colonial texts and its impact on imaging in contemporary society.

Thurs 9th May 2019, 17.30-19.30, Quiet Study Space, Library Level 2

Click for further details.

Technology T-Breaks

Technology T-Breaks are drop in sessions being held in the library that cover various aspects of Learning Technology.

 

The sessions will cover portfolio websites, printing a photo zine in InDesign, creating patterns from scanned images in Adobe Illustrator and also preparing photoshop files for screen printing.

 

The sessions will take place at 5.30pm on a Thursday and 3.30pm on a Friday.

 

7+8 February: Webtastic: portfolio website tips

14+15 February: Photozine: make a simple booklet in InDesign

21+22 February: Tracing using Illustrator: how to vectorise scanned images

28 February + 1 March: Photoshop for Screen printing: How to prepare an image for screen printing

 

Just come along to the Jessie Wylie Newbery room on Floor Two of the Library at 5.30pm on a Thursday or 3.30pm on a Friday.

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