Libraries Are For Everyone

One of the bestest-best things that has happened as a result of having this blog is that I get to connect with librarians from all over the world. It’s just flat-out awesome. And sometimes those connections lead to a collaboration like what just recently happened with Julie Syler and Ashley Jones from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas. They were preparing for National Library Legislative Day, and wanted to use my images. One thing led to another and we ended up making some pretty sharp-looking images for the occasion. (coughHUMBLEBRAGcoughcough)

Because we all love to share, we decided to post our creations here for anyone/everyone to use!

Without further ado – click on, download, and use any or all of the following images:

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a rose background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with an orange background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a yellow background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a green background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a blue background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a purple background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a yellow background with 10 diverse representations of library patrons - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture |

Get an updated version of the above sign (with global variety) by following this link.

There you have it: something that I would not have done if someone hadn’t reached out to me!  (hint-hint eyebrow wiggle)

I’d love to know if you or your library end up using any or all of these signs either in the comments here, or by emailing me at Otherwise, I just plan on making high-pitched EEP! noises if/when I come across one of these in the wild (like as a profile pic or some such thing).

Afaan Oromo
American Sign Language
Diné Bizaad
Hatian Creole
Irish Gaeilge
Southern Sotho



A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

254 thoughts on “Libraries Are For Everyone

  1. I’m planning on printing at least one of these tomorrow at work and putting it up in my adult services area. Love it!

  2. Hi Hafuboti, your images are great and describes alot on what library stands for (All). I think two of this images would be good for use in our Nigerian Publiclibrarylove awareness. Tnx for the initiative to create this and willingness to share. You are very much invited to join us on 3rd-11th Feb. with hastage, #publiclibrarylove.

  3. I am planning on using the last image at my library in print and online (if okay). Credit will be happily given. These are wonderful, Thank you!

  4. Just posted the double-row yellow one on our digital signage (from now till the end of March) and will run the purple one in April and May. Thank you!

  5. So beautiful–thank you! I am using the larger yellow graphic in conjunction with an in-house generated “Welcome” message in multiple languages for a poster at our entrance and a graphic on our digital display screen.

  6. Our Catholic School uses VIP (Virtues in Practice) program. It is a 2 yr program that promotes a different virtue each month. I think I could totally use these for Tolerance, Courtesy, Respect, & Cooperation. Printing them on Monday!

  7. Loved These! I saw these on the ALA’s facebook and I am hanging them up at my work right now! Whitley County Public Library in Williamsburg, KY

    • OHMYGOSH! Thank you so very much, Jennifer. I think your comment is the one that’s gonna bring on the tears (good ones). Thank *you* for letting me know. I LOVE WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS SO MUCH!!!!!

  8. I just want to double-double check that it is okay to use these images for our Friends of the Derby Public Library monthly newsletter?? I think they are so awesome!!

    • Someone took the trio of images I used on my FB page’s post about them, and screen grabbed ’em to make a FB header. I have some things to get done today, but I may try and update my post with some social media-sized images. But know that you can tweak any of them that you’d like to!

  9. I’ve changed my Facebook profile picture and our library plans on posting one (or more) next week. When I get to work on Monday our printer will be busy making copies to hang up. These are wonderful. Thanks!!!

  10. I just made the purple one my profile pic, and I’m going to talk to my boss about putting them up at our library here in Bethel, Alaska! They’re awesome!

  11. We just created a diversity and inclusion bulletin board in our Media Center on Friday. Kindness is our theme. We made “Be Kind” buttons. Posting one of these great images will pull together the entire theme.

    • They’re so my pleasure! I love what you shared and haven’t received a Hebrew translation yet :D
      There is one tiny error in the text: the HA in Hafuboti is for Happy (not Have). No worries since I *do* want people to have fun with books :D

  12. Great graphics, and a very timely message. I hope you don’t mind, but I modified all of them slightly for printing on letter-sized paper, and switched to white background to reduce ink usage. You should be able to view them at (let me know if you can’t). Thanks!

      • Glad you like ’em. Feel free to share wherever. If you want to mention me, “Andrew Marshall at Penn State Greater Allegheny” is fine, but it’s your creative work, so credit is not necessary. I appreciate your “don’t clutter the graphics with attribution” policy.

      • Just noticed the multilingual versions. I will give them the same treatment and add them to the Box folder in case anyone is interested. I will be posting at least a few of them. Hoping to see more languages (Mandarin and Japanese would be great).

  13. You are so kind to make your images available to other librarians. I’m retired now, so I won’t be able to use them in a library, but I will use them online for my blog and social media–and I will direct links back to your wonderful blog, which I just discovered and will now sign up via email so I never miss one! Thanks for being an inspiring librarian to us all. BrP

    • Did you hear that? That distant sound of “SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!” on the wind? That was me after I read your comment. ;)

      Seriously, thank you so much for telling me – you made my night!!!

  14. Love your artwork! Packs a punch. Glad to see library folk sharing it on social media. In the images where everybody holds globes, could some of the globes show the Eastern Hemisphere?

  15. Thank you for this. We have 11 official languages in South Africa. May I email you some translations, please? It would be awesome to have the poster in the home languages of some of our children, even though they are studying in English.

  16. Oh! Does that mean I can ask you to make them in Swedish too?
    And is there any way you could make all the languages available for anyone to use? (I work as a librarian and I buy books in minority languages (in Sweden), for school children (age 6-16) to borrow from their school libraries.)

    Got a bit over exited here, I just fell in love with your posters! :)

    • Hi, Jessica!

      Anything/everything on my blog is covered under a CC license – so you can use anything that I publish! :D

      Comment with the Swedish version, and I’ll totally make a set – it just might take me a day or two! I’m excited too!

    • I love the strategy document, and as a PWD, my heart soared to see the assistive technology versions as an option.

      I also spent time looking through the flickr account at all the beautiful UK libraries.

      Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi, Beth!

      I will add any/all languages that are given to me. So get that Somalian translation to me, and I’ll make it happen – it just may take a couple of days. :)

  17. Many, many thanks for creating these and sharing them. I’m printing one in each language to put on the doors of our middle school library.

    • You’re so very welcome! Give me a minute and I’ll send you some circular versions that another library requested, but never let me know if they’d work or not.

      ::high five::

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