Definition of “Ex Libris”

This post is for the benefit of the people who come to this blog after Googling things like “ex libris definition,” “definition of ex libris” or things of that nature — a decently regular source of traffic to this blog. I don’t want to leave those people high and dry, so here’s the meaning of the phrase ex libris.

Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally, ‘from the books.’ It is often used to indicate ownership of a book, as in ‘from the books of…’ or ‘from the library of…'”

The phrase is usually used on bookplates. Here are a couple of examples, followed by one in a book. Go ahead and click the images to follow on through to their original sites, if you want, for some more examples.


I hope this was informative!



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2 responses to “Definition of “Ex Libris”

  1. It’s also the name of a student café at the University of Chicago, notable for it’s overbearing florescent lighting.

  2. Oh, my. That lighting IS terrible. At the very least, they could turn off a few banks of those and put in some lamps!

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