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Icons of the Library 3 PNG by Samantha-Wright Icons of the Library 3 PNG by Samantha-Wright
Updated: the icon set is now available over BitTorrent.

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NOTE: all icons and related mods from British Library can now also be found here. (accurate as of 1 October 2014)

Icons of the Library
Third Edition

Samantha Wright
18 October, 2010

It's been two years since Library Icons 2nd Ed. came out. This is, of course, too long, but things came up as they so often do. This release includes 918 icons in three different formats (Windows, PNG, and OS X), supporting the maximum resolution of Windows (256×256) and Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 (512×512). The PNG release is also 512×512.


Gnome: The PNG distribution should be compatible with Gnome if you are willing to do the work to build an icon set. I keep meaning to do this, but I simply don't know enough about Gnome's icon usage habits to feel comfortable doing it myself. The icons cannot be provided in SVG format because they are not—and never have been—vectors. If someone can come up with good instructions or an icon package for Gnome, I'll endorse it!

Web and Elsewhere: I have no trouble at all with people using these icons in their sites and personal projects, and in fact I encourage it as long as proper credit is given. Ports of the set to smartphone OSes are cool, too. I must insist that they aren't included in any for-profit works, however, as I can't fully verify the copyright status of some of the stock images I used in their construction, and I don't want to get anyone in trouble. If you wish to modify one of the icons or create a new icon that goes with the set, please ask me beforehand, as there's a very high chance I'll be able to produce a better image for you, and if it's general-purpose enough, I'll even include it in the next batch.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and happy modding!

– Samantha Wright
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Blackcrack Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2018

thy Samy :)))

could anyone share this file again ?
edit :
oh, found
Thank you very much Samantha :)

best regards
Aspigram Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Your work has been credited here.


Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thumbs Up 
davidsmith99 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
:) vast and detailed
hob5revo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
"Misc. - Notes" is now my icon on 10.10 (Mac) ! Thank you so much, beautiful! "Flat" be gone!
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear these are still making people happy. :)
AEONFLAX Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
there is no doubt of the icons are great!+fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav 
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! I'm glad you like them.
TheAngeldove Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:iconpurplebutterflyplz:¸¸♥´¯) Thank you so much always
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Your Friend Always,
dove :butterfly: (Butterfly)
chingola777 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Very nice work. Always love the steampunk type art
ubuntunerd Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
thanks for the awesome work im updating the android version i made today out of your pack of course lots of people seem to enjoy their look myself included
cgarduc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Hi All!
Is there someplace else that I can download the Library 3 in PNG? (Or can someone send the file to me?) I can't access either download links for some reason. Thanks! - Cgarduc
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Voila. Weird that the MegaUpload link doesn't work. What ISP and what web browser do you have?
Kvarnen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! This is amazing work! As an iconophile with a genuine Steampunk interest, this is right up my alley!
I snagged your icon list and Favourited you. I hope you don't mind.

And I do hope you'll continue your great work!
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for dropping by! I'm glad you like them, and I'll be sure to get around to the 4th edition sooner or later.

As for favouriting things, don't be shy in the least. Most Deviant Art users have hundreds of favourited submissions. You might also be interested in the watch feature, which lets you know when an artist releases a new work.
Ryvermist Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I used your icons and modded them here. [link]
YOur work is simply brilliant, my thanks, lady~
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So quick! Usually the delay between discovery and usage is longer, I think. :) I'll try to make sure I add full-blown icons for the GIMP and CCleaner in the fourth edition.
gustavwilhelm Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
I#m still learning to use DA, but I made a Ubuntu 10.4 icon theme based on your lovely icons and the Balanzan-theme, just by changing the original icons. When i know how to upload, i'll send it to you. Maybe you'll be not content, because there are some icons i had to make by myself. Please look over it.
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Please do upload it. I'd love to take a look and help you perfect it.
gustavwilhelm Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Failed at first plan, therefor plan B: [link] I'm better in downloading and would prefer if you accept this as a present for your efforts.
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow! I'm impressed. There are a lot of gaps, and a few things I would probably have done differently, but this is a really solid start. I'd like to put this up on here on my dA page (with proper credit to you) and use it as a basis for a complete, official version. Is that okay with you?
gustavwilhelm Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Totally okay and just my aim. As you can see, i don't always know what i' doing, therefor(e?) i prefer this solution. You may change it in a way you like, it's all o.K.

I installed the balanzan-theme by Bisigi Project [link] and changed the icons folder by folder as root and: voila. Working.

Love and have fun
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Fantastic. Take care!
IndoMK Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
My ISP uses a proxy, so I can't download from MegaUpload (it says I'm already downloading something), and the other link says page not found. Is there an alternative someplace?
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If you were getting an 'invalid home directory' error before, that should be fixed now! Sorry for the inconvenience.
EternalNewbie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Thanks :) I've been fiddling around, trying to make a KDE Steampunk style theme. At the moment it looks suspiciously like a lightly modified Ubuntu Human theme, hopefully these wonderful-looking icons will make it look better.

I'm not very familiar with creating icon themes but if I successfully create a theme (KDE and Gnome both use the standard now), I'll forward it to you asap.
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Please for the love of god do so. I've been asked multiple times to take a stab at it and I just don't have the time and energy to figure out what's appropriate for them.
EternalNewbie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
I'll give it a shot.

It mostly seems to be grunt work, renaming THEN resizing. And a LOT of duplicates for some reason :/ Like everything at 2 or 3 different sizes, and some icons under 3 different names for some bizarre reason (like system-file-manager.png file-manager.png and xfce-file-manager.png)

I can't guarantee anything unfortunately, as I work slowly and am easily distracted.
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