Honor with Books

Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special event.

Rejoice in a graduation, wedding, or birth.

Memorialize a beloved relative or friend.

Thank a parent, teacher, colleague, or mentor.

Support Cornell University Library.

You can commemorate the important people and events in your life and support the purchase of new books for Cornell University Library with a gift to the Honor with Books Endowment.

For each gift of $150 or more to the Honor with Books Endowment, the Library will place a bookplate with your special message in a newly purchased book. The honored party will receive a copy of the bookplate with a letter informing them of your thoughtfulness.

What is the Honor with Books Endowment?

Every year the University Librarian receives hundreds of requests for new books and other library materials from students and faculty members. However our annual acquisitions budget simply cannot stretch to accommodate all those needs. The Honor with Books Endowment generates a perennial source of income to fulfill these requests.

Your gift to the Honor with Books Endowment is a legacy to ensure the Library will continue to sustain the academic and research endeavors that have placed Cornell among the best universities in the world.

How does the Honor with Books program work?

To participate in Cornell Library’s Honor with Books program:

  1. Select a bookplate design from below then visit Giving to Cornell.
  2. Search for “Honor with Books” in the search bar.
  3. Add the fund to your cart and then click the “Next Step” button to access the giving form.
  4. Add your honoree’s information and notification address under the “In Honor/Memory of…” section.
  5. In the “Special Instructions” box, indicate your selected bookplate design and any special text you would like on the bookplate.

We’ll create a new bookplate with your personal message and send a copy to your honoree with a letter informing them of your gift. As the donor, you will also receive a copy of the bookplate and a gift receipt for your tax records.

Book Plate Designs

Book plate design A - left background
Book Plate A
Book plate design B - plain background
Book Plate B
Book plate design C - patterned background
Book Plate C
Book plate design D - clock tower background
Plate Plate D


For more information, please contact:

Michelle Houle Hitz ‘98
Director of Development, Library Alumni Affairs and Development
Cornell University
130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, NY 14850
(610) 731-6299