Signs and rules

The use of signage reflects library rules and draws a map of uses and spaces throughout the library’s premises, informing, guiding and laying down conditions for readers, authorising some actions and banning others, all in its own graphic language and colour palette. The use of signs to indicate what is unacceptable shapes a particular idea of what libraries are for, both in the way readers perceive them and in the message the library itself intends to relay. The article takes readers on an illustrated journey into a territory where signs rule.