Posts Tagged ‘Library signage’

Welcoming library visitors

November 16, 2009

From the Blue Skunk Blog:

“I walk into too many libraries with signs like this:

Welcome to the Library 1What might happen if we replaced our welcome signs with ones like these?”

Welcome to the Library 2

Shelf labels in the Staff Library

November 15, 2009

The Staff Library now has shelf labels indicating some of the major Library of Congress divisions in the collection:
Shelf labels

There is also a cross-reference by the new books to help users identify classmarks from subject headings:

Shelf labels2I’m hoping this will make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for:

Shelf labels 3Have you visited the library and found this helpful?  Please let me know in the comments.

Use of mobile phones in libraries

September 8, 2009

Message to library users with mobile phones


Flickr’s Library Signage pool

August 16, 2009

For more examples like this…

Open to all at all times

Things Not To Do With A Book

August 8, 2009

From LISNews

Things Not To Do With A Book

Library signage

August 2, 2009

The way we communicate to our readers by the signs we put in our libraries speaks volumes.

For example:

Follow these 3 Rules of Etiquette

I know there’s a good reason for these rules, but it would sound so much better if it were phrased along the lines of:

1. Please eat away from the library – keep it clean

2. Enjoy your drinks away from the computers

3. This is a quiet study space – please use [other named area] for discussions

I’m pretty sure that the persistent offenders will ignore any signs, whether written in positive or negative language, so that leaves the majority of appropriately-behaved library users as your sign’s audience – so it makes sense to address them politely and exemplify the behaviour you want, rather than making a list of No or Don’t instructions.