Find unique copies of 19th- and early 20th-century books on library shelves
Thousands of old library books bear fascinating traces of the past. Readers wrote in their books, and left notes, pictures, letters, flowers, locks of hair, and other things between their pages. We need your help identifying them because many are in danger of being discarded as libraries go digital. Books printed between 1820 and 1923 are at particular risk. Help us prove the value of maintaining rich print collections in our libraries.
Join the search! Go to your library, find marked books, take photos, & upload them here.
Our October 8th event at Butler Library, Columbia University, reviewed by Tara Kron here
Highlights from the stacks: see our Tumblr Showcase, edited by Grant Hurley
CURRENTLY COLLECTING IMAGES and CITATIONS of MARKED COPIES OF LIBRARY BOOKS PUBLISHED BEFORE 1923. We are focusing on CIRCULATING AND RESEARCH COLLECTIONS (not rare books or special collections).