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Library Book Display Ideas

A large prop and colorful background show off a display of holiday books.

Display at the Longmeadow Library.

Display at the Longmeadow Library.

Grab Readers with Library Book Displays

Library users are often overwhelmed trying to choose from the huge selection of books filling the shelves. Libraries that feature books in displays help overcome that problem. The potential reader has a manageable selection to browse through.

I spent fifteen years of my library career in Baltimore County Public Library. There was a heavy emphasis on merchandising the collection. When I became a library director in Texas, I trained my staff to display books in the stacks, to feature books near the checkout area, and to keep our many display racks filled with fresh looking material.

Merchandising and displaying the library's collection is not a frill. It is essential to get maximum use out of the materials and to keep your patrons interested and returning again and again. Show off the library's books, movies, music and other materials with effective displays.

I've collected themes to use throughout the year for your library's displays. Have fun brainstorming more ideas and keep your readers coming back.

What a Great Display Area

The Saint John Public Library in New Brunswick, Canada has a wall for displaying books and a freestanding unit too.

The Saint John Public Library in New Brunswick, Canada has a wall for displaying books and a freestanding unit too.

January Library Book Display Ideas

  • LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (positive thinking books)
  • A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU (self-improvement books) alternate title - BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE. Fill it with books on losing weight, exercising, reducing stress, stop smoking and other common topics of New Year's resolutions. Alternate slogans could be CHANGE YOUR LIFE or MAKE THIS A BETTER YEAR

    I RESOLVE TO.... (anything that fits with New Year's resolutions - get out of debt, be a better parent, learn to spell, read more, cook healthy meals).

    I RESOLVE TO READ MORE (fill this display with non-best sellers that you want some attention for)

    I RESOLVE TO READ GREAT BOOKS (fill this display with classics)

    LOSING WEIGHT AND FEELING GREAT (anything for weight loss, including healthy cookbooks, exercising)

    GET MOVING (sports, exercising, anything active)

    KICKING BAD HABITS (stop smoking, biting nails, drunk driving, drinking, drugs, procrastination, overeating)

  • A.A. Milne's Birthday - January 18 - feature all the Winnie the Pooh books

    Lewis Carroll's Birthday - January 27 - feature Alice in Wonderland and his biographies

  • READY FOR A MONEY MAKEOVER? (books on money management, getting out of debt, budgeting, thriftiness, investing) People often resolve to improve their finances in January, so set up a display with that theme. The sign could say MONEY MATTERS or MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY or DOLLARS AND SENSE. Fill it with books on budgeting, thrifty living, saving money, investing, getting out of debt and other personal finance books.
  • THIS YEAR I WILL LEARN HOW TO... (fill the display with how-to book on hobbies, sports, cooking, all sorts of skills)
  • READ IT WITH A BOX OF KLEENEX (a chance to feature weepers from the fiction collection)
  • KICK OFF YOUR YEAR WITH A GREAT BOOK (pretty much an open topic for award-winning books or classics or favorites)
  • HIBERNATE WITH A GOOD BOOK (pretty much an open topic, feature anything you like) Other options: CHILL OUT WITH A GOOD BOOK, WARM UP WITH A GOOD BOOK, or HOT READS FOR A COLD NIGHT.
  • WINTER GETAWAYS (travel books for tropical places)
  • ORGANIZED AT LAST (books on storage, de-cluttering, housekeeping, filing, time management) A common New Year's resolution is getting organized. It's a great time to pull out all the time management books, home organizing and storage books for a display. Alternate titles: TAKE TIME TO ORGANIZE, BEAT CLUTTER NOW, CLUTTER BUSTERS, TOO MUCH STUFF?

How Often Do You Change Display Topics?

A new year's display

A new year's display

You'll Love These February Book Displays

This vintage Valentine from my collection could be enlarged and words added next to it for your February display of books for Valentine's Day.

This vintage Valentine from my collection could be enlarged and words added next to it for your February display of books for Valentine's Day.

February Library Book Display Ideas

  • MAKING VALENTINES (Valentine craft books, card making books, calligraphy books, books of love poems)
  • TRUE ROMANCE (biographies of Anthony/Cleopatra, Czar Nicholas/Alexandra, and other famous couples) alternate title - GREAT LOVE STORIES
  • LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND (this can be adult fiction with a romantic theme or it could be books on relationships and dating)
  • VINTAGE ROMANCES (classic love stories, old favorite authors)
  • LOVING A VAMPIRE You should have plenty to fill this one.
  • CHOCOHOLICS (candy/fudge recipes, fiction books with chocolate in the title)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday - February 7 - feature all the Little House on the Prairie series and any biographies you have of Laura Ingalls Wilder. You can also feature similar authors/stories, like Caddie Woodlawn.
  • WINTER READS (any books with snow in the title or in the cover design
  • COZY UP WITH A GOOD READ (fill a display with cozy mysteries or just make it a general fiction display) Show a book with a muffler wrapped around it and a warm stocking cap on or show a reader snugly reading in a comfy chair by the fireside
  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH (any books about black history, famous people, slavery) Keep in mind the school demand, so you don't promote books that you'll need when the students come in.
  • BOOKS FROM THE BOTTOM SHELF (Could subtitle this, "Don't miss these." Feature shelf-sitters.) Browsers often overlook books on the bottom shelf, as they don't want to bother bending down.
  • February 26th - TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY (besides fairy tales, include some biographies of Hans Christian Anderson or even Walt Disney)
  • FAMOUS LOVERS (This can be fictional lovers or real people. Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, etc.)

Offbeat Book Display

St. John's Public Library in New Brunswick, Canada - The books are wrapped in plain brown paper with a short description written on it. The reader doesn't know what title they might be getting.

St. John's Public Library in New Brunswick, Canada - The books are wrapped in plain brown paper with a short description written on it. The reader doesn't know what title they might be getting.

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Read All About Merchandising and Book Displays

Of course, the books listed here can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. It's good to get at least one for the library's own collection so it can be used when training new staff.

Titles to consider are:

  • Display and Publicity Ideas for Libraries
  • Effective Library Exhibits
  • Display and Library Promotion Ideas
  • Great Displays for Your Library Step by Step

Slim Book Display Shelving - Use at the End of Stacks

When the display gets depleted, it's easy to change the sign and put fresh books on the rack.

When the display gets depleted, it's easy to change the sign and put fresh books on the rack.

What You Need for Tabletop Book Displays - or to display a book at the checkout area

A tabletop can hold a quickie display for something that's in the news today or display books that aren't sufficient to fill a regular display case.

This might be a good spot to display a sign like TODAY IN HISTORY with something fresh each day. For example, on December 7th, put some Pearl Harbor books on the rack. Click on the highlighted link above to see other historic events to feature.

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You can put books between two bookends and place a small sign next to it. You can make a tabletop tiered display like the one shown below. If you have a handy volunteer in your Friends of the Library group, ask them to make the top part to put on one of your tables.

An Example of a Table Top Book Display

You can stand the book up by fanning out the pages or get some slim wire racks to place the books upright on the tabletop display.

You can stand the book up by fanning out the pages or get some slim wire racks to place the books upright on the tabletop display.

Bookmark This Page

You can add this page to your favorites or pin it on your Pinterest board. You'll want to come back each month for more ideas.

Look for Display Props to Use Throughout the Year

Look for good-sized, eye-catching holiday or seasonal items. I hunt for ones that are reasonably flat for easy storage.

Look for good-sized, eye-catching holiday or seasonal items. I hunt for ones that are reasonably flat for easy storage.

March Library Book Display Ideas - Themes and ideas for March displays

  • WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH (biographies of notable and interesting women). Alternate slogans: WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY, WOMEN YOU NEVER HEARD OF (fill it with lesser-known women's memoirs)
  • QUICK READS (short story collections, all the Chicken Soup and similar series books, minute mysteries)
  • IRISH FICTION (novels set in Ireland or books by Irish authors)

    HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY (Irish legends, leprechaun stories, Irish history, Irish travel books, Irish biographies)

    GREAT IRISH STORYTELLERS (noted authors, Irish biographies)

  • ARMCHAIR TRAVEL (all the books about scenic destinations in the US and around the world). Alternate slogans: AROUND THE WORLD IN A BOOK, LET'S TRAVEL, BOOKS TRANSPORT YOU TO FAR AWAY PLACES
  • NATIONAL QUILTING MONTH (books about quilting and patchwork projects) or PIECE BY PIECE

April Library Book Display Ideas - Ideas for April book displays

  • AUTHOR OF THE WEEK (fill this with one author, change it when the books run low) This display can run all year without changing the sign.
  • GET READY FOR GARDENING (books on pruning, planning the vegetable garden, spring flowers, landscaping)
  • APRIL SHOWERS - READ FOR HOURS (leisure reading of any kind)
  • SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER (feature books on exercise, outdoor activities like biking, swimming, hiking)
  • HAVE A HOPPY EASTER (use an Easter Bunny graphic and feature children's books on Easter, bunnies, chicks, Easter crafts and throw in some spring titles if you run low on the others)
  • GET READY FOR EARTH DAY (show off books about conservation, ecology, green living, save the earth)
  • HUG A POET - National Poetry Month (feature poetry books, biographies of poets and how to write poetry) I recommend separate displays for poetry for children and poetry for adults. The children's display could be IT'S RHYMING TIME.

Featuring Books at the Circulation Desk

A single or double book stand is great for featuring a special book right at the circulation desk where people will notice it as they check out their books. It helps to make some bookmarks that say CHECK IT OUT to tuck into the book. Make sure the CHECK IT OUT shows at the top.

Have a stack of titles nearby so you can easily refill the display.

No Room for Displays?

Try featuring a trio of books in the center of a round study table. It can still be used by readers and students.

Someone Else Just Read This Book - A Simple Display Idea

A display at the Osceola County Public Library in Central Florida.  There's a certain cachet to a book that someone else has just read.

A display at the Osceola County Public Library in Central Florida. There's a certain cachet to a book that someone else has just read.

May Library Book Display Ideas - Themes to use for May book displays

  • SPORTS AND FITNESS MONTH (feature books about aerobics, weightlifting, biking, hiking, and all sorts of sports)


  • STAFF FAVORITES (get everyone on the staff to pull 2 or 3 books that they liked and put them in this display)
  • LATINO BOOK MONTH (great time to feature Latino authors from fiction, short stories, memoirs). If you have a Spanish Language collection, then also set up a display of LIBROS EN ESPANOL.
  • MOTHERS ARE SPECIAL (for Mother's Day, feature books about mothers and motherhood)

    MAKE A GIFT FOR MOM (show off craft books for making gifts that would appeal to mothers)

  • GROWING SPRING FLOWERS - (feature books about bulbs, flower gardening in general, growing azaleas)
  • LOVE IS BLOOMING (have you noticed how many romance books have flowery covers? stock the display with these)
  • PLAN YOUR VACATION (travel tip books, destinations, traveling with children, pets, handicapped)
  • LOOKING FORWARD TO SUMMER FUN (books on swimming, golf, nature, crafts, children's activities, and gardening if you don't have a separate display on that)
  • NATIONAL HOME IMPROVEMENT MONTH (show off books on home repairs, decorating, decluttering, landscaping, home projects, adding storage)
  • BOOKS TO MAKE YOU LOL (humorous stories or joke books)
  • FRACTURED FAIRY TALES FOR GROWN-UPS (retellings of classic fairy tales in adult fiction)

June Library Book Display Ideas - Themes for June book displays

  • HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW - (this can be vegetable and flower gardening)


    GROW YOUR OWN FOOD - (vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, fruit and nut trees)

    BEAUTIFY YOUR YARD - (landscaping, tree planting, shrubs, decks, paths, pools)

  • AFTER GRADUATION - (advice books for young adults on finding jobs, learning to budget, independent living)
  • DADS ARE SPECIAL (books about fatherhood, biographies written about a dad, parenting books about being a good father)
  • JUNE IS NATIONAL ROSE MONTH (books on growing roses and flower arranging, stretch it a little with fiction books with "rose" in the title)
  • AUDIOBOOK MONTH (feature all your audiobooks)
  • To capitalize on a big name author, have a display that changes each month. Feature a different author with the words, IF YOU LIKE STEPHEN KING, TRY THESE. Fill the display with authors similar to the featured author. The next month, it can say IF YOU LIKE ---, TRY THESE and fill in the blank with that month's author. Here are lists of read-alikes.
Killer Summer Reads makes a great slogan to feature murder mysteries and true crime books.

Killer Summer Reads makes a great slogan to feature murder mysteries and true crime books.

July Library Book Display Ideas - Themes for July book displays

  • BEACH READING (people often prefer paperbacks for beach reading, fill the display with light fiction), alternate title: READING FOR LAZY SUMMER DAYS
  • COOKING ON THE GRILL (celebrate National Grilling month by displaying cookbooks on grilling and BBQing)

    An alternate for this is OUTDOOR MEALS for picnics and grilling.

  • GREAT OUTDOOR SPACES or ENJOY OUTDOOR LIVING (show off books on deck and patio building, porches, swimming pools, fountains, landscaping, gazebos, child play areas, etc.)
  • ENJOY YOUR GARDEN (books on garden pests, growing vegetables, mulching, cookbooks for salads, vegetables and canning)
  • I'M BORED - KEEP THE KIDS BUSY (books about activities for kids, crafts, trips, science, nature, games, camping)
  • ENJOY NATURE - (books about visiting national parks, birding, butterfly and hummingbird gardening, wildllife, identifying wildflowers and trees)
  • FAMILY REUNION MONTH - (books about planning a reunion, finding relatives, picnics, outdoor group games, even genealogy)
  • URBAN HOMESTEADING - (books about raising chickens, gardening, growing fruits and vegetables in your backyard)
  • HURRAH FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE - Get this in place before the 4th of July. Include books that celebrate America and patriotic themes.

August Library Book Display Ideas

  • COOL READING (fiction with snow on the cover or in the title, books on Antarctica, penguins, frozen desserts) Alternate title: COOL BOOKS, HOT DAYS
  • CELEBRATE SUMMER (books on picnics, BBQs, swimming, beaches, gardening, baseball, camping, and other summertime activities)
  • LEARN A LANGUAGE (CDs, books, and DVDs for learning various languages) alternate display title: GO MULTI-LINGUAL
  • SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE (1st week of August)
  • FIXER UPPER (home repair books, painting, plumbing, projects)



    DIY (woodworking projects, garden projects, etc.)

  • For some offbeat days check out this page on lesser-known days and odd celebrations in August. It gives you an opportunity to feature a book or two when you don't have enough for a whole month's display.

September Library Book Display Ideas

  • AUTUMN FICTION (any novel with fall or autumn in the title, look for covers with autumn leaves or scenes)
  • CELEBRATE LIBRARY-CARD-SIGN-UP-MONTH (fill the display with fiction about librarians and a mix of books for children about the library)
  • September 19 - TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY (leave the display up for the whole week to feature fictional pirates and nonfiction as well)
  • ALZHEIMER AWARENESS MONTH - fiction and nonfiction about alzheimer's, caregivers, choosing a nursing home. Don't forget biographies of people who had it.
  • BUILD SOMETHING - Stock the display with project books, woodworking (dog houses, birdhouses, etc.), construction, landscaping projects.
  • THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES - books on writing about your life or childhood, memoirs of famous people and ordinary people.
  • BACK TO SCHOOL - school stories for children, books about adjusting to college, home schooling, adult education. Alternate title: SCHOOL DAYS

October Library Book Display Ideas

  • CREATIVE COSTUMES (books on making costumes, include ones from the theater section and make-up area)
  • SPOOKY READING (horror stories by authors like Stephen King, John Saul, etc., check for short stories too)
  • HALLOWEEN IS COMING (include books on carving pumpkins, planning Halloween parties, decorating for Halloween, and setting up a haunted house)
  • FALL READING (any fiction with autumn or fall in the title, you can mix in some harvest books on canning/jelly making, making scarecrows, New England foliage travel books or photo books)
  • TEEN READ WEEK In mid-October. (feature popular titles for teens)
  • GET ORGANIZED WEEK - The first week in October (display books on overcoming clutter, home storage, organizing at home or work)
  • NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH - Display some pizza cookbooks, some Italian cookbooks and any fiction with pizza in the title, like Pete's a Pizza from the children's section. An alternate title for the display is ALL THINGS PIZZA or EVERYONE LOVES PIZZA.
  • Don't forget quickie one-day displays. For example, October 14 National Dessert Day. Set up a table top display of a stack of dessert cookbooks and place 2 or 3 standing up next to it. Use your plexiglass sign stand to put your sign in and presto, instant display. Have it near the circulation desk so people will grab up one or two books before they check out.

Photos Shared by Our Readers - Click on any photo to see it larger

Chinese New Year book display (shared by Sharon Moore)

Chinese New Year book display (shared by Sharon Moore)

Another display by Sharon Moore - Books and Bordeaux (books about wine)

Another display by Sharon Moore - Books and Bordeaux (books about wine)


Take Advantage of Special Events - Let TV and Movie Promos Move Your Library Books

If there's a major news event (like a hurricane or earthquake), put out a display of books on that locale and also about preparing for a disaster or volunteerism.

If a celebrity is in the news, put up an impromptu display about them and their career. Any newsworthy event gives you free hype for a display. Capitalize on these (example: the Olympics, release of a major film).

November Library Book Display Ideas

  • FALL PLEASURES (show off any pretty books about autumn, New England fall travel, pumpkins, apple cider)
  • TIME FOR A MAKEOVER (this can be home makeovers, home staging, life makeovers, plastic surgery, weight loss)
  • THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR (display feel-good books on family, pets, etc. You can put Thanksgiving books in with this or give them their own display.)
  • TV TIE-INS (books related to television shows, TV stars, reality shows, fan books, books that inspired television shows)
  • WOODWORKING PROJECTS (making wooden toys, furniture, whittling, carving, cabinet work, even home building)
  • ALL ABOUT ANTIQUES (collectibles, price guides, history of antiques)
  • PAIN - DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT (back pain, headaches, foot pain, other kinds of pain, treatment, management of chronic pain, prevention through exercise, safe lifting)
  • GET THE JOB YOU WANT (resume books, interviewing, cover letters, job searching, job training)
  • FIND YOUR FAMILY ROOTS (genealogy, collecting oral history, videotaping grandparents, writing family memories)
  • ODDITIES (circus sideshow, odd architecture, unusual animals, unique scenery/travel)
  • SPY STORIES or SPY VS SPY (bring out all the espionage fiction, don't forget James Bond)
  • THANKSGIVING FICTION (Check Goodreads for seasonal fiction lists)
  • READY FOR WINTER? (Books on winterizing your house, winter sports like sledding, skiing, skating, and snowmobiling)
  • VETERAN'S DAY - WORLD WAR II FICTION (Substitute other wars if you run short of books, cover the WWII with Vietnam War or WWI, etc.)

No Money for Fancy Display Shelving?

Check with a local bookstore or Wal-Mart. Sometimes they will save cardboard book display dumps for you.

It doesn't hurt to ask.


December Book Display Ideas

The holidays give a natural batch of topics for displays, but keep in mind other holidays besides Christmas. Also, December is a good month for winter topics.

  • CHRISTMAS BAKING (put out all the cookie, pie, and cake books)
  • CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY (holiday stories for reading aloud, classics like The Christmas Carol, anthologies of Christmas stories and poems)

    CHRISTMAS DECORATING (making wreaths, lighting displays, decorating the tree, making ornaments, etc.)

    GREAT CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR KIDS (all the cute storybooks about the holiday, plus children's holiday nonfiction)

    HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS (fill this with all the Christmas craft books and ones on making gifts, check the woodworking, cookbooks and sewing sections for this too)

    MAKE A GIFT (variation on the Homemade Christmas display)

    ALL ABOUT SANTA (any story that includes Santa and nonfiction books about Santa)

  • DECEMBER HOLIDAYS (Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas in other countries)
  • HOLIDAY PARTIES AND FEASTS (party planning books, party foods, holiday cookbooks)
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (on December 7th feature some books on a tabletop display about Pearl Harbor and World War II)
  • Wright Brothers Day (December 17 set up a tabletop display about them and about the history of flight)
  • LET IT SNOW (fiction books with the word snow or blizzard or winter in the title, books on winterizing the house, books about snowmen, skiing/skating/sledding books)

    Set up a display called WINTER READS and fill it with books on skiing, skating, and any book that has winter or snow in the title.

How to Find Book Display Ideas on Pinterest

Combining Information and Graphics with Books on Display

I recommend changing displays monthly, so a topic like Hispanic Heritage Month works great for that.

If you don't have enough books to keep a display filled for the whole month, then make a smaller display for those items and change it once the display is depleted.

There's nothing more forlorn than an empty, neglected book display.

How Often Do You Tend the Displays?

Book Display Racks Available on Amazon

You can make table-top book displays and display individual books on the shelf near their normal shelving area, but it's good to have a big display in a prominent place in the library. If the budget won't stretch to buy one of these, check with the Friends of the Library or a special donor. They love the idea of promoting books and you can place a small donor plaque on the shelving unit.

Books Displayed on Top of Shelves - In a Children's Area

Osceola County Public Library (Poinciana Branch).

Osceola County Public Library (Poinciana Branch).

Promote Your Displays

This short video is perfect for running on a local TV channel. Many cities or universities have their own cable channels. Find out if you can post video promotions on it. Then see who on the staff has some talent in staging and filming these short promos to put on the cable channel.

Note the display is on end-of-stack slatwall shelving.

Video Promoting Library Books

Odd Shaped Book Display Units to Fit Your Space

Make every bit of space in the library useful, by fitting in odd-sized racks wherever you can. Fill these with enticing displays of books and other library materials.

You're Lucky If You Have a Display Stand Like This

In January, a display of books on goals is popular.

In January, a display of books on goals is popular.

Spring Cleaning is the topic for this selection of books. The staff cleverly placed cut-out figures of people cleaning around the books.

Spring Cleaning is the topic for this selection of books. The staff cleverly placed cut-out figures of people cleaning around the books.

What Displays Are You Responsible for in Your Library?

Make Reading Inviting to Children with Book Displays


Great Slogans for Summer Reading Displays - Use for book displays, bulletin boards or banners

  1. Get Hooked on Books (use fishing gear to set the tone)
  2. Books Take You Anywhere (use a world map for the backdrop on this display)
  3. Take a Backyard Safari - include books about insects, birds, small animals, tree identification, weather experiments.
  4. It's PURPLE Book Day (or Week)- include books with purple covers or cover designs with lots of purple in it. Also show off books with purple, lavender or lilac in the title. Have a volunteer search the stacks and the catalog for these. It makes for an odd book display with Alcott's Under the Lilacs next to The Purple People Eater, but the oddness of it appeals to children. Makes a very colorful display. Follow up with It's RED Book Day, and so on.
  5. Travel Back in Time with These Stories (put a variety of dates around the slogan; 1845, 1930, 1900, 1230, etc.) Feature lots of historical fiction from all different eras. Don't forget medieval, Roman times, and other very early fiction.
  6. Series of the Week (leave this display up all summer, just change the series each week) It's a good place to display the Black Stallion books one week, Nancy Drew another week, and so on. It's a chance to introduce children to a series and maybe they'll get hooked on it.

List of Banned Books (poster available from Zazzle)


Celebrate Freedom, Read Banned Books

Make an eye-catching display by featuring some partially burned books and a slogan like the one here.

How to: Get a few discarded, worn out or damaged books. Set the book on fire (in a safe spot like the parking lot) then use the charred remains in the display case. Make sure you do this where no patrons will be aghast at the sight of their librarian burning a book and where you won't accidentally set a grass fire.

Ideas for Displays for Banned Books Week - for libraries and bookstores

Collect Catchy Slogans

Whenever you see a catchy slogan, note it down for future use in a display. Share it with other librarians here.

What would you like to see added to this webpage? Are you looking for movie tie-in displays, ways to promote certain sections of the collection or to reach a certain audience? Put your questions in the comment space below. (there is a time lag before the comment posts, it goes to the moderator first)

Evergreen Slogans for Books Displays to Use Anytime

  • Favorite Books from Childhood or Reread a Childhood Favorite
  • Psychological Thrillers
  • Best Westerns
  • Best Unappreciated Books
  • Books That Make You Think
  • Best Paranormal Books
  • Historical Fiction That Guys Like Too
  • Great Disasters
  • Books I Wish More People Would Read
  • Women Adventurers
  • Best True Crime
  • Books to Read Before You Die
  • Overlooked, Underrated Books
  • Books You Will Want to Read More Than Once

Where Do Visitors to This Page Come from? - Librarians from many countries


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Virginia Allain

Share Your Best Book Display Ideas and Slogans - Comments are moderated to remove spam, so they don't appear immediately

williamslaw on May 05, 2014:

Awesome. The love for reading has been taken over by the internet for most people but I still love to read and visiting libraries has been a great joy for me.

Scottf13 on March 21, 2014:

This is a really neat lens! So much info that I can't process all of it. I'll have to come back a few times, but definitely good information to consider.

Pinasheart on January 25, 2014:

Neat Lens! I remember when I was a kid and I always liked seeing the different displays in the library for the holidays and such.

Sure Temp on January 04, 2014:

lots of good info! :) i like the halloween display

randomthings lm on December 03, 2013:

Very cool information. I LOVE libraries. What a great idea for a country to have.

Giovanna from UK on November 19, 2013:

Hello I love you lens. So informative you make me feel like becoming a librarian myself. Our local library isn't so exciting -each time we ask for specific books they tell us to go online!! We have a wonderful one at school though. Great lens inspirational I'd say.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 10, 2013:

@hkhollands: I'm really sorry to hear that the school library closed. That really is important to a school.

hkhollands on July 10, 2013:

Thank you for the ideas. I am a high school English teacher. Our school library closed last year, so I try to keep teens interested in reading with my classroom library. With 160+ students a day and lots of papers to grade, it's difficult to find the time to create displays and rotate titles. This will help me out a lot!

Fay Favored from USA on July 03, 2013:

I had to tell you that when I go to the library these days, I take a quick glance around to see any changes and think of you. It's true ... you have made me think of libraries differently. Thanks.

patinkc from Midwest on May 01, 2013:

This is an awesome lens. Thanks for making me a part of it. You are providing an important service for so many!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 22, 2013:

@ericsdorsey: I'm sure many of the topics would work for bulletin boards too. Glad to hear it is helpful.

ericsdorsey on January 22, 2013:

My wife is a teacher, great advice for her to use. Thank you for sharing this.

aliciamaggie54 on January 11, 2013:

This is a good resource for librarians. That is great that you have shared your knowledge of libraries. You have provided some good display ideas:)

TedWritesStuff on December 22, 2012:

The books are the stars in a library for me. Can't even tell you what else they have on display ;-)

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 18, 2012:

@LeslieMirror: Chat with a librarian sometime and find out more about their job. Any job can be boring if you let it be. I found library work challenging and felt I made a difference in my community with literacy programs and internet connectivity (had to get lots of grants to do that).

LeslieMirror on December 18, 2012:

Awesome lens. I am just obsessed with books and libraries lately. No offence, but I thought that librarianâs job is kind of boring. Then I run into the article on about the most amazing libraries in the world â and here we go, I am secretly dreaming about becoming a librarian. Your article shows how fascinating and creative their work is. Thanks for an inspiring lens!

PennyHowe on October 01, 2012:

I absolutely love your lenses! This one is also MARAVILLOSO! Thanks for all the ideas both about book displays and as a lens maker. You are awesome in my books.

BarbaraCasey on September 22, 2012:

What an incredibly useful page for librarians... and bookstore owners, too.

Pastor Cher from United States on September 06, 2012:

Such a nice way to put things into words. It doesn't have to be just for libraries to use these suggestions. Certainly good to update things on a regular basis.

Diane Cass from New York on August 31, 2012:

Fantastic! I'm not a librarian, but I've worked in our local school library and consider libraries my second home. Well thought out displays really do help encourage reading, often suggesting books on topics people wouldn't normally consider reading. You have a lot of great ideas here. Great job!

PennyHowe on May 21, 2012:

In honor of National Memo Day, I have chosen this wonderful lens. Reading is so important in our lives and the lives of our children. Promoting reading is essential and vallain has gone overboard in presenting a wealth of information on focusing attention of books all year round. You are so right--readers are leaders. Grab some of these great ideas, focus on books, and mostly have fun reading. Thanks a great big bunch for so much super information.

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on May 04, 2012:

Wow ! Just what i need as a children's librarian . I'm always searching for fresh ideas . Thanks for an excellent lens and a wealth of information . Will certainly bookmark this !

marsha32 on April 26, 2012:

awesome job--you put a lot of work in to putting this together

JoyfulReviewer on April 24, 2012:

This lens is full of helpful tips and information. I especially like how you've grouped your tips by months of the year. ~~Blessed~~

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

Lime Juice (a graphic design agency) produce some really cool themed library book merchandising posters that you can buy, print out yourself and use for your merchandising displays. They can be found here:

dcopps on March 17, 2012:

A great lens. It makes me wish I was back in the public library world, instead of the dry corporate one (where we don't even keep the dust jackets!).

Rose Jones on March 17, 2012:

Interesting, I never gave much thought to it, didn't realize that there were different display tools etc.

Edutopia on February 12, 2012:

I've always preferred it when libraries display as many books as they can. The great joy of going to libraries is window shopping the stacks and just seeing what is there and book displays do a great job of aiding that.

PennyHowe on February 11, 2012:

After, checking out your lens...all I can say is WOW! and of course Thank You for the great ideas. As a former teacher, I know how important reading is. Book displays are a great way to get their attention and turn them on to books. I love books and I love the displays featured on your lens. Thanks again.

yayas on February 10, 2012:

I no longer work in a library, but I do enjoy the displays. Our library is only open during the summer; two hours, one day per week.

I used to work in a fairly large library an' I loved it. I did not have much voice for how things were done, but those who did the displays were extremely conscientious 'bout keeping 'em updated an' user-friendly.

Because I loved working in the children's department an' read many, many of the children's books, that librarian did occasionally take my suggestions an' make smaller displays of books that I found to be remarkable. She was very proud of her own ideas for holiday displays, though, an' with good reason. I mostly stood in awe of her expertise.

Stacy Birch on January 30, 2012:

I love libraries and the halloween display is really cute.

curious0927 on January 27, 2012:

I always read the book before I watch the movie! I work with children and am responsible for displaying their book choices on a daily basis. We have a nice library of books that interest our specified age group, I so enjoy displaying them with much gratification when they choose my additions and or changes to the display!

thesuccess2 on January 22, 2012:

I always love the special displays in libraries

DreamsBloom on December 28, 2011:

I used to work at a bookstore and was in charge of the "trade books"...we had someone in charge of creating book displays but I sometimes did some too, so I know how important displays are. Bookstores could get some ideas from this lens too. And librarians could get some good ideas from bookstores as well.

Deadicated LM on December 28, 2011:

Wish you were our librarian.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 25, 2011:

Anything that promotes reading for all ages is aces in my book! I really like the For Dummies display. Awesome lens as usual.

waldenthreenet on December 10, 2011:

Love your lense and love my public library in Fairfax, Virginia, all three near me. Your topic is more important than mine . "Kids are our future'.

h2ofs1 on December 02, 2011:

Some great displays here, things like what you have here are very important in keeping libraries fun and popular! Great lens

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on November 25, 2011:

With the new online reading many are afraid it is the death toll for libraries. I believe and hope that this is not the case. I still love going to the library. I like the feel of a real book and appreciate them still being available. Thank you for writing this lens. It was an eye opener. Blessings.

Ruthi on November 22, 2011:

Fabulous book display resource page! These ideas would be great for used bookstores, too. My first real job was in a library, after school, putting returned books back on the shelves. And later in life I worked for a time in a used bookstore.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on November 08, 2011:

As the daughter of a librarian, I spent hours helping her setup displays and many of my wonderful memories are of being in the library. As part of a quest, we are asked to leave a thank you for the most helpful squidooer. You, my friend, are the most helpful and the best cheerleader a person could hope for. Thank you for your help in the past and for,I am sure, the help in the future. Without you I would still be floundering on the beach. Now I am not afraid to swim in the deep water. Happy Thanksgiving.

anonymous on November 05, 2011:

i love libraries! i used to manage the periodicals floor at a college here in Hawaii :-) i wish i got to do displays, great lens!

modernchakra on September 29, 2011:

What a great resource for librarians. I am emailing this link to my girlfriend right now, as yes, she is a librarian! I was amazed at how much information you put together. Thank you for your time and effort, much appreciated. take care.

travelbroad on September 29, 2011:

I'm thinking I should do something similar at my house for different seasons.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 26, 2011:

A great collection of ideas. I love books and am happy that there are people like you to help organize and maintain libraries.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on September 22, 2011:

LOVE the "Score with a Good Book" display. Very clever!

anonymous on September 18, 2011:

This is a great Lens and very good idears. Great for small bookstores as well as the big ones. Thank you for sharing this lens.

squidoolover76 on September 11, 2011:

A never forgetting lens ,gives a very clear idea about book displays.

brbrooks on September 02, 2011:

I love our public library, one thing they do is show local artists work along with some of the local school students art work. I like your lens, I enjoyed reading it.

Chris-H LM on August 26, 2011:

Ooooooooh I love books! Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!

I love that it was someone else's ideas and thoughts that they just had to share with the world. Reading a book, to me, is like having a conversation of sorts with the author.

I'm grateful for the care and hard work that librarians put into choosing, cataloging, maintaining, and displaying these works so that we can all share ideas and be exposed to new ones. :p

lesliesinclair on August 25, 2011:

I especially like the One World Many Studies display. This is a treasure trove for librarians.

sousababy on August 18, 2011:

This is excellent . . I have been in sooooo many libraries (I should be charged rent). I fell asleep in Toronto's reference library (which is gorgeous) but most libraries I frequent with my daughter barely keep up with their displays. I'm posting this on Amplify. In Canada, at least, I am sure many librarians and their staff would benefit from your lens. Thank you, this will help many kids (and adults) stay inspired to read and learn.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 11, 2011:

@Scarlettohairy: What a great idea! There seems to be steady stream of librarians visiting this page. Knowing library budgets, I'm sure they prefer having the info here for free.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 11, 2011:

Very nice! You've provided so many options for library displays. I think these photos and how tos would make a great ebook that you could market to libraries/librarians.

bossypants on July 31, 2011:

I now have a much greater appreication for the creativity of our library staff in developing the clever displays they use! And, I can see a connection between a certain lensmaster's resourceful creativity and her former career as a librarian, Virginia! :) Enjoyed your lens!

khellogs on July 22, 2011:

I love books, but i have negative feedback in library for my librarian before was very strict hahaha,, thanks nice lens

Vicki from USA on July 01, 2011:

I've always loved books and libraries. I worked in a library in college then later took some library science classes. I didn't set up book displays, but I put together bulletin boards which was fun. Library book displays always get my attention and stop me in my tracks!

kristymckeown on June 29, 2011:

great ideas, too often I feel libraries get into a rut and take a passive approach to marketing. Way to liven things up!

Runnn on June 21, 2011:

Creative display.. Well done.

elyria on June 11, 2011:

Lots of great ideas, very helpful!

magicgeniewishl on April 05, 2011:

You have some great information here, and lovely ideas. Thankyou so much for sharing!

gottaloveit2 on March 27, 2011:

What a wealth of information on these pages. I'm not a librarian but now I wish I were! I do love the library though - it just smells so good. I do spend quite a while in my local library and will pay more attention to the displays! Thanks.

sorana lm on March 12, 2011:

I never thought of this before: changing library book displays. Well, I'm only a Maths teacher ... :) It is quite interesting to see how much thought goes into one might see as a boring chance of book displays. I am definitely going to look at those book displays in a totally different way from now on. Thanks for the great lesson.

SweetMarie83 LM on March 02, 2011:

I'm not a librarian but I always wished I was! The library is, and always has been, one of my favorite places in the world. My library has just done a big overhaul of the way they display books - they have a table near the front that they rotate every week with a new theme, they have librarian's pick, new books near the front, etc. It's really great. I love all your suggestions and I've made note of my favorites!

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on February 21, 2011:

movies, radios, televisions and other means of entertainment which also have some instructive value tend to decrease the importance of books and divert our attention from them. but all men of cultured tastes know that books and not these instruments of recreations can satisfy our craving for knowledge and for stable and lasting companionship of the wise which is essential for the free development of our personality. thank you very much for taking this subject and giving some useful ideas.

Debbie from England on February 07, 2011:

Some of the schools I go into have the most disgusting, untidy, libraries. It's such a shame when with a bit of care and attention they could look so attractive and so appealing for the children. Maybe I should recommend this lens to their Head teachers LOL!

Missmerfaery444 on January 14, 2011:

Super lens! Gets the thumbs up from this former school librarian :) Getting creative with the displays and seeing how well they did was always so much fun. Blessed!

JodiVee on January 12, 2011:

I used to work at a library, and I found it interesting how the books were laid out. I think it was especially effective to feature ESL books prominently on the first floor, where library patrons could find them easily. Hurrah for libraries and education!


Brookelorren LM on December 29, 2010:

I usually have a stack of books I have to read in the future, but sometimes it's more difficult to find books for my daughter. She reads up a storm, and then we have to find something else for her to read. Book displays are definitely helpful. For my 4 year old DS too!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 12, 2010:

@ChrissLJ: Wow, that's perfect for my Library Christmas Trees lens. I'll put a link on there. Nifty!

ChrissLJ on December 12, 2010:

A friend found an article about a library displays make completely out of dusty books (my library's term for books that haven't been checked out in awhile). She took a whole bunch of red and green ones with gold and silver etchings and made them into a holiday (not Christmas) tree. Looks cool.

anonymous on November 25, 2010:

Excellent lens on books displays. This itself is a great library lens of brilliant ways to keep and collect books.

ChrissLJ on November 18, 2010:

I'm the queen of library book displays. It's become a rather joke that other people do them... and I tweak. Once a coworker had to go to lunch and asked me to finish. Her rather blah book display ended up with several puppets, a wheelbarrow, plastic fruit and maybe even a little glitter.

WritingforYourW on November 16, 2010:

This is a cool idea for a lens. Definitely makes one more likely to pick up a book. Just looking at the spines on the shelves (and turning your head sideways to read them, lol) isn't the best way to get enticed by something. :P

thesuccess2 on November 08, 2010:

I ALWAYS check out the displays, book selections, looking for inspiration, so your work is not wasted.

Angel Blessing

norma-holt on November 03, 2010:

Great ideas here and very interesting take on libraries. I am featuring this on How to Write Well

ronpass lm on November 01, 2010:

Some great book display ideas for libraries. I often get frustrated in libraries by poor book displays. You should go on a world tour teaching libraries how to display their wares.

AWildDog on October 14, 2010:

I really do love book displays, I suppose it goes along with my love of books in general. Now if I only could get a job as a Librarian!

Christine Larsen from South Australia on September 13, 2010:

That's why I have such a painful muscle in my upper arm - lugging all my books around and reading every night in bed with my head propped up by same arm. And I only went to MY library!!

Love books - can't afford all I want, so haunt two lovely book exchange shops that also make delightful displays - and the shop owner and I DO love to chat about books and 'good reads'.

Thank you for your lovely lens, and commenting on some of mine...much appreciated.


Alisha Vargas from Reno, Nevada on September 08, 2010:

So those tempting book displays are really just a sneaky way to convince me to take home even more books. Now I know who to blame when I get a pile so big I can barely carry them and am still grabbing books from displays as I walk to the checkout desk, lol :D

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