Ex Libris

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Example decorative 19th century bookplate featuring the phrase Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally "from/out of the books". It is often used to indicate ownership or source of a book, as in "from the books of..." or "from the library of..." it may also serve as indicate something is an important reference, for example "the monument is an Ex Libris of the city" (like the Eiffel Tower for Paris, France or the Statue of Liberty for New York, US).

Ex Libris may also refer to:

  • A bookplate, which is also sometimes known as an ex libris

Related spellings:

  • Xlibris is a self-publishing and on-demand printing services provider based in Bloomington, Indiana
  • XLibris is a digital paper technology developed by FXPAL

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