Do you have an impressive comic collection? The complete works of a beloved author? Maybe a whole shelf of illustrated children’s books that you’ve been hanging onto for years? You might be a book collector without even knowing it. The Leatherby Libraries encourages you to take a look at your bookshelves and enter any collections you might find in this year’s Book Collection Contest.

The John and Margaret Class Student Book Collection Contest was established by Margaret Class in memory of her husband, John, to inspire students to create their own personal libraries and book collections and to take joy in the printed book. The contest is open to all currently enrolled full-time Chapman University undergraduate and graduate students and offers cash prizes to the first, second, and third place winners.

Each collection will be judged on how it represents a coherent pattern of inquiry or a well-defined field of interest. Judges are looking for quantity – not quality. Your collection does not have to be tied to your major, and the books don’t have to be old or rare.

Past collections have included:

  • Books related to the women’s suffrage movement
  • Graphic Novels as an Exploration of Gender
  • Contemporary Art in Catalogues, Collections & Criticism
  • Inspiring Tolerance and Understanding: A Collection of Asian Inspired Literature
  • Cultural Exploration through Animated Filmmaking

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 20, 2015, at 5 p.m. Application forms and complete contest information can be found at the John and Margaret Class Student Book Collection contest website. Questions? Contact Maria Yanez, Assistant Librarian, at (714) 532-7719 or

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