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

Click the download button to get the .torrent file.

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.

Usage

Windows: The best way to install the icons is fairly dangerous and extremely time-consuming. It involves manually replacing the icons used by each DLL and EXE within Windows and various other interesting programs. I can't do this for you, since you probably run a different version of Windows than I do, and because distributing the files would be something of a matter of copyright infringement. Many people like to use some kind of icon manager or packager to avoid this, by tweaking the registry instead, but there are too many out there to pick just one or to do them all, and the experience is really somewhat sub-standard compared to what a good, hard modification job can actually provide. If anyone else is willing to make icon packages, however, I will endorse them.

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

– Samantha Wright
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:iconmerklin1:
merklin1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the last link does not work
can you upload again please?

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:iconchinesa:
Chinesa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
These are great, but the torrent has no seeders...anyway other way to download this? :/
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Here it is! rhetori.ca/library
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trimixer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
tyvm
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BO12RA34 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Teşekkür ederim!
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TheAngeldove Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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Your Friend Always,
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:iconblackhunter28:
blackhunter28 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow amazing!
finally i found some steam icons!
yay!
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
These things happen!
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:icondonovanuk:
DonovanUK Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Beautifully executed and elegant.
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad you like. I think I'd probably go for a flat style if I ever re-visited this. No one seems to have gone after anything like minimalistic steampunk.
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tmwildman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, it finally wanted to download today! This needs to be shared more and more alternatives to download it. By far the best set of icons I have found on the net and I have been doing it a long time. Great dedication to a hard long journey. You have inspired me to start doing steampunk desktops designs and I have started to create icon packs for interactive desktops. Thank you once again. Inspiring!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm really sorry I didn't get back to you earlier! It's bizarrely hard to find a decent place to upload stuff this big. Maybe I'll try a few more torrent sites... Anyway, glad you like!
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tmwildman Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is very sad, I have tried for 3 days to download this file and it says the site for download has been stopped due to stream usage. I can't even find it in torrents. Any suggestions? I really want this icon set badly... by far the best set I have ever seen.
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:iconnekopandalove:
NekoPandaLove Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hold on, I having a blonde moment.....

How do I use these?
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That depends on how thorough you want to be! (And partially on what version of Windows you have.) One of the easiest ways to get started is with a program like Types or IconPackager. If you're feeling really brave, you can actually go and modify Windows system files permanently with a tool like Resource Hacker. Because of the work involved, I'm afraid I never had a chance to make an easy install package for Windows like some of the newer icon sets do.
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:iconnekopandalove:
NekoPandaLove Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have windows seven.... Is those programs compatible with that?
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yep! Shouldn't be a problem.
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:iconnekopandalove:
NekoPandaLove Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsstarosta:
sstarosta Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
beautyfull,thnks
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:iconviralnexxus:
viralnexxus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent Work! So Keep It Up.
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks so much! That's the plan.
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:iconsabhel:
sabhel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Have you any plans for making anymore? I absolutely adore this set and wish I could replace all of my standard icons.
Don't suppose you would consider releasing some PSDs of some of the filetypes and folder bases?
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I keep meaning to! And in fact I even started on a template for the file icon. It'll happen—soon this time, I swear.
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sabhel Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Thank you! Are there any bits of stock I can start collecting while I wait? I've downloaded the ones you've favourited already and I've tried looking for inkwell.org but it seems as though that site no longer exists.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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:iconsabhel:
sabhel Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I love you, have my babies?
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm not sure that's biologically possible yet, but there's at least one research paper that says it is.
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:iconlarfan:
Larfan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
These are absolutely incredible. I've been using them for a while now, even through 3 factory restores. I always come right back here to get the best icons on the net.
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear they have such staying power! :)
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:iconmuzikdude:
muzikdude Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
You rock!
Thank you so much.
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:iconresona:
resona Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Amazing icons. CHEERS. :eyepopping:
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:iconmuzikdude:
muzikdude Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I looked all night for something like this. Your work is amazing...but Dropbox has no love. You are too popular and I am too late.
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It really blows my mind these are still so popular :) I found out about this problem a bit over a day ago, and I'll do what I can to get them fixed up properly! Since some of the archives are almost 400 MB, I've been having a lot of trouble finding a host. They used to be on MegaUpload.
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muzikdude Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Yeah, sorry for the double post on this...I didn't see the first one go up.
Anyway, could you upload them to one of my Dropbox folders if I sent you an invite? Just need an email address.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Dropbox is too much of a hassle and too much creepy breathing down the back of my neck. I've put up a BitTorrent link instead—let me know how it goes!
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want I can host a mirror on my web server for you. It's not like I use all of my space/bandwidth. :)
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the offer. We'll see if it's needed!
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:iconmuzikdude:
muzikdude Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Dropbox doesn't like popular people! Your work is amazing but I can't download it. So sad.
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:iconlnmul:
lnmul Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I love these icons, but your Dropbox has too much traffic and won't let me download them.
Could you perhaps rehost them on a site like Mediafire?
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It really blows my mind these are still so popular :) I found out about this problem a bit over a day ago, and I'll do what I can to get them fixed up properly! Since some of the archives are almost 400 MB, I've been having a lot of trouble finding a host. They used to be on MegaUpload.
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:iconlnmul:
lnmul Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Alright, thanks! Good to know you'll still update your works periodically. :) Looking forward to the new download link.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Okay! The Dropbox links are still there, but they're very subject (or at least it seems) to going dark if people use them too much. Since no file upload site wants to take anything over 300 MB, I've decided on using BitTorrent as my permanent strategy.

As Linus Torvalds once said: "Real Men don't make backups. They upload it via ftp and let the world mirror it."

Let me know if you have any trouble!
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:icontcacco:
tcacco Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Megaupload is down now.. :-) The backup link ask for pass... So how.....?
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Try a blank password? If not, I'll put it up on my web server. Thanks for the reminder!
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:iconryvermist:
Ryvermist Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
My thanks, for these. They're simply brilliant~
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You're welcome!
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I recognise that background design! :D

These are fantastic, I love them :3 Great job!
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:icondoodlemaus:
DoodleMaus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
That is SO COOL.
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:iconsamantha-wright:
Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm OK with this.

Also, I lurked your Dollmaker comic at the behest of your subtitle. It was worth it.
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