16 Beautiful Library Logos

Which ones do you like? Do any of these work better for you and why?

brandon_township Swathmore library-logo free_philly
library_day CSRA oldhampl saline
edgartown goshen gardens_miller hpplnj
littlefalls rosenberg_library brookline princeton

Logos pictured (from left to right by row) are from Brandon Township Library, Swathmore College Library, Library Initiative Logo, Free Library of Philadelphia, International School Library Day, Central Savannah River Library Association – CSRA, Oldham County Public Library in Kentucky, Saline District Library in Minnesota, Edgartown Library on Martha’s Vineyard, Goshen Public Library in New York, Miller Library at University of Washington, Highland Park Public Library in Highland Park, New Jersey, Little Falls Public Library in New Jersey, Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas, Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts and Princeton Public Library in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Saline District Library link and the Library Initiative Logo link both talk more about library logo design.

22 thoughts on “16 Beautiful Library Logos

    • I clicked on the link in your comment – I can see why you love Jan Pienkowski’s illustrations.

      Thanks for pointing out the silhouette nature of the logo.

  • I like the Oldham logo.
    I think it appeals to younger audiences as well as adults (i.e. not too “stuffy” for kids) and it depicts the “magic” contained within the pages of every book.

  • I like Oldham’s too. The book being opened suggests energy and the stars the brightness that might be got by reading.
    Any reason why you are asking?

    • I am starting work on a new library site. That’s all I will say in public for a while. Looking forward to producing more web creativity for an appreciating library.

    • Oops, I had the links in the wrong order. Now corrected. The book and flower one is a flora library at U. of Washington. They have a pretty pine cone as a logo on their site, too.

  • At first I thought the Rosenberg logo was an amalgamation using the two-color Massey Initial font. I have that font in 36-point for my letterpress and I don’t know that it’s ever been digitized. Cross-checking, however, I note that the ornamentation leaves on the R are slightly different, so this is likely based on a different font.

    I vote Swarthmore.

    • Lyza, great that you can tell us more about the font of that logo. I find the Rosenberg logo too busy for my taste.

      Yes, Swarthmore’s is a relaxing and welcoming silhouette! Makes you want grab a book and an apple and sit under a big oak tree for an afternoon.

  • Lovely – as a teenager I had a collection of sticker that comes from all kinds of fruits. I have no idea why I am saying that.
    My favorite logo is the one with the open book and the flower – kind of romantic!

    • Looking at a display of logos, especially ones that are well-designed, is a bit like a kid looking at pretty fruit stickers.

      • May be that is what triggered my associations. Library logos is a unique collection – I’ve never seen one like this before – it is inspiring – makes me want to grab a book. Very interesting post – how many of us pay attention to library logos – you did such a good job!

  • My favorite is the Swarthmore College logo. One, because it has the word “library” in it. Two, because I love circles. Three, because the tree is so beautiful.

  • I’m thrilled with all the responses to the logos. Love the variety in what people felt was important in a logo. Also, a few logos kept being mentioned, and some were not mentioned at all.

  • In no particular order, the most successful logos of the bunch (IMPO) are:

    Swathmore — Like the fact that the symbol encloses the signature of the logo — is compact, but easy to read, and has touches on reading as an escape or leisure time activity

    L!brary — I am a sucker for graphic simplicity

    Free Library of Philly — strong typography, good natural hierarchy, directional, and LOVE the imitation of a street sign!

    Of the remaining, the only ones which I think are successful vis-a-vis visual communication and branding are CSRA and Oldham. I don’t love either of these, but think it is more of a ta’am v’re’ach thing than anything else.

    Goshen works from a communication stand-point, but would benefit from more scale shift for visual interest. Brookline — great symbol, but don’t get the “name” of the place.

    • One point: I did take Brookline’s off a masthead, so it officially does have the name as part of the masthead. But to fit in with the rest, I just used the part with the book.

      I didn’t notice that the Philly one mimicked a street sign; thanks for pointing that out.

      I do note that the three top ones that you mention are bigger organizations; most public libraries have tiny budgets for logos.

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