Proper signage is one of a library’s greatest assets. Not only is it critical for directing patrons towards the resources they seek, but good signage can also act as fun, colorful decorations. With the viral-ability of memes and graphics online, we all know how powerful graphics can be!
Unfortunately, purchasing awesome or personalized signage can become pricey. Which poses a problem, as many libraries face increasingly limited funds. Luckily there are tons of free resources that make it possible to easily design free signage! And I LOOOOVVVEEE designing signage. Since I have all this signage just laying around, I figured I’d share it with you all! Feel free to reuse any of my genre signs. All of them can be found at the bottom of this post. Just right-click and “save as.”
Which Free Resources?
Canva.com and Postermywall.com are two of my favorite places to design signage.
Rasterbator.net is my favorite free tool for blowing up my designs into posters. Its great because you can create large free posters (as large as you want) without needing a poster printer! You upload your picture (as high resolution as possible) into rasterbator.net. Then it lets you choose how large you want to blow it up. It then generates a printable pdf bundle where your image is blown up across multiple standard pages. You print it and then tape or glue them together, and voila, you’ve got a free poster in any size you want!
As you can see, you can’t even tell where the seams are taped together on my posters. Rasterbator.net is. just. that. good.
So I’ve created a ton of signage for my library. Here are some of the ways I use different signs in our library.
Some of the signs are used to indicate the permanent genre sections (as seen in first two pics of post).
When we genre-fied, I left a bookcase empty in between each of our permanent genre sections for use to display nonfiction books that pair well with the nearby genres. That’s what the brown signs are used for. You can see some of these nonfiction pairing displays below.
Some of the signs were created for semi-permanent displays that I do (in addition to our normal permanent genres) such as Quick Picks and Love & Romance. They’re not official genres, but I keep the displays up most of the year anyway.
And some of them are mini-signs that I created for the times when I pull just a few books for mini displays/highlights. As seen here:
Below you will find all of the genre-type signage I’ve created thus far. All are free for you to use. Please do not resell them or anything like that. You can save them by right-clicking and choosing “save as.”
Here are my large sized fiction genre posters. I made them 24inx8in which allowed me to have rasterbator.net create them across three pages.
Here are some of the 6inx4in mini-signs I use for mini-displays.
Here are various 8.5×11 sized signs I’ve created for various displays/uses over the years.