Dewey Decimal Signage…

Beautifying the library space is always something that is in the back of my mind. I have visions for projects to make our children’s library “feel as magical as Disneyland”, but then life comes in. And patrons. And books that need to be shelved. And programs that need to be planned for. But this project is one that I was able to finish, and it was surprisingly cost efficient to complete.

I found this image online of the Dewey Decimal System explained in images and knew it was what we wanted to have in our room over our non-fiction bookcases. After a little bit of poking about online I was able to locate the designer of the images as Maggie Appleton and sent her note. She was incredibly gracious to write back:

Hi Emily,
Sure thing – my Dewey poster designs are completely free to print and use around your library. They’re licensed as creative commons.
My mother is a school librarian and she was the one to convince me to make the posters for her own library.
You can find high-res images to download on her blog:


Whoop! I was excited all day! The Librarian Edge blog Maggie referred me to had all the images ready to download along with beautiful photos of what they look like in a library. I called a local print shop and asked how much it would cost to print each image as a poster. They told me all I needed to do for the posters was to convert each image to a pdf file and email it to them, which I used Publisher to do. For $0.75 I was able to print each poster as a 12″ x 18″ in full color.

Here is a photo of the posters we had in the library before this week. They had been there for the past ten years.







And here is what our space looks like now!









But, one good idea leads to another! I found another post on Katie Day’s blog about Library Signage on her Resources, Etc. page. Katie had uploaded links for the slides of a presentation she and Barb Reid completed on library signage. I feel in love with this image and would love to make this happen in our picture book collection if possible!


One thought on “Dewey Decimal Signage…

  1. Hi! Just wanted to say I love these signs! You’ve given me awesome ideas for our public library (which has also had 10yr old signs up) and we’re really keen to change them. I’ll do some before and after pics too!

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