Take McGill’s hidden gems home with Ex Libris

A McGill Library bookplate from the 1950s was modified to create the Ex Libris brand. Find the original in the Philip Masson Ex Libris Collection. http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/bookplates/

Ex Libris branding by Greg Houston, Digitization & New Media Administrator, McGill Library.

This September, McGill launched a capital campaign and a new branding vision for the university. The fall of 2020 promises even more excitement as McGill’s bicentennial festivities get underway. As we look back and forward, this is a perfect moment to re-discover and celebrate our history in new ways through ROAAr’s vintage-inspired Ex Libris product line especially curated for book lovers. The Latin term Ex Libris means “from the library of…” and is commonly featured in bookplates or labels pasted into books to identify their owners. A McGill Library bookplate from the 1950s was modified to create the Ex Libris brand. Find the original in the Philip Masson Ex Libris Collection here.

In collaboration with staff from Le James Bookstore, staff members from different Library units searched high and low for some of the best public domain content from our rare and special collections. Puzzles and pencil cases, notebooks and notecards, magnets and mugs….from our library to yours, here are a few of our favourite things!


All of the items below are on sale in the Rare Books Reading Room on the fourth floor of the McLennan Library Building or at Le James Bookstore. Prices listed do not include taxes. Debit or credit cards accepted at Rare Books Reading Room. Proceeds from the sale of Ex Libris products go towards supporting McGill’s rare and special collections. 

1000 Piece Puzzle | Bird's-Eye View of McGill University. Watercolour by Percy E. Nobbs, 1925. John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection. Rare Books & Special Collections. $29.99

See something in our rare and special collections that might be the right fit for the Ex Libris line? Let us know! We are always looking to expand our offerings.

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