• Main Building: cast brass exterior main identification sign and ADA plaque.
    Main Building: cast brass exterior main identification sign and ADA plaque.
  • Main Building: suspended destination sign, floor-stand directional sign and illuminated directory.
    Main Building: suspended destination sign, floor-stand directional sign and illuminated directory.
  • Main Building: floor-stand level identification and directional signs.
    Main Building: floor-stand level identification and directional signs.
  • Main Building: department portal signage features unique, illustrative collages with dimensional metallic type.
    Main Building: department portal signage features unique, illustrative collages with dimensional metallic type.
  • Main Building: floor-stand level identification and directional signs.
    Main Building: floor-stand level identification and directional signs.
  • Main Building: floor-stand directional and wall-mounted signs.
    Main Building: floor-stand directional and wall-mounted signs.
  • Main Building:
special level identification and directional signage.
    Main Building: special level identification and directional signage.
  • Main Building: department portal signage features unique, illustrative collages with  dimensional metallic type.
    Main Building: department portal signage features unique, illustrative collages with dimensional metallic type.
  • Main Building: close-up of the Fine Arts department portal sign.
    Main Building: close-up of the Fine Arts department portal sign.
  • Suspended signage in the underground Passageway that joins the two buildings.
    Suspended signage in the underground Passageway that joins the two buildings.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: wall-mounted directory and floor-stand directional sign.
    Louis Stokes Wing: wall-mounted directory and floor-stand directional sign.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: lower-level mounted sign at the Passageway and restroom signage.
    Louis Stokes Wing: lower-level mounted sign at the Passageway and restroom signage.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: wall-mounted level identification, directory and floor-stand directional signage.
    Louis Stokes Wing: wall-mounted level identification, directory and floor-stand directional signage.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: floor-stand directional sign and Elevators signage. Indoor Reading Garden entranceway.
    Louis Stokes Wing: floor-stand directional sign and Elevators signage. Indoor Reading Garden entranceway.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: close-up of the Indoor Reading Garden entranceway sign.
    Louis Stokes Wing: close-up of the Indoor Reading Garden entranceway sign.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: suspended destination signs.
    Louis Stokes Wing: suspended destination signs.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: illuminated directory  located in the foyer of the main entrance.
    Louis Stokes Wing: illuminated directory located in the foyer of the main entrance.
  • Illuminated directory map highlights the levels that correspond to destinations in the two  buildings.
    Illuminated directory map highlights the levels that correspond to destinations in the two buildings.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: visitors can access the 10th floor and enjoy the sweeping City Views of Cleveland's landmarks and learn more from the free-standing exhibit panels.
    Louis Stokes Wing: visitors can access the 10th floor and enjoy the sweeping City Views of Cleveland's landmarks and learn more from the free-standing exhibit panels.
  • Louis Stokes Wing: main entrance stainless steel signage was refinished. Library logo, hours and safety signage added to each door.
    Louis Stokes Wing: main entrance stainless steel signage was refinished. Library logo, hours and safety signage added to each door.

Cleveland Public Library
Wayfinding & Signage

The Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland consists of the historic Main Building (1925), the Louis Stokes Wing (1997) and the Eastman Reading Garden which is located between the two buildings. Together they occupy an entire city block.

Our firm was given the challenge of designing and implementing a wayfinding and signage system to flow seamlessly through both buildings complementing the unique, interior architecture. The patron and visitor experience required a unified nomenclature system and visual language in support of the Library’s brand.

The result: a dynamic system of clear, unified signage that assists patrons and visitors in accessing nearly 10 million items in its collections.