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Carleton College Library (CC)
St. Olaf College Libraries (StO)

The Bridge Material Type Icon Set


The Bridge Material Type Icon Set is designed for online library catalogs and other repositories for quick, intuitive visual identification of material types. It is intended to be a professionally-designed free, open alternative to proprietary icon sets.

The Icons

booke-bookperiodicale-journal2d art3d artarchivekitcdtapevinylsounddigital audiodvdlaserdiskvhscomputer filewebscoremap


What is included in the package

There are three directories included in the package:

  1. gifs -- this contains .gif files ready to be placed on web pages. At this point it contains two directories: 40x40_beige_bg and 40x40_white_bg.
  2. psd -- this contains Photoshop (.psd) files used to generate additional .gif files with the background color of your choice. At this point it contains one directory: 40x40.
  3. ai -- this contains the Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files that have the vector art needed to create icons at different sizes or to make alterations to the icons.

How to use the package

Providing Attribution

If you use this set, you must provide attribution on your site. An example of attribution is provided here:

Contributing back to the project

There is no legal requirement to contribute back to the Bridge Material Icon Set Project. There is, however, a legal requirement to make any derivative works available under the same license. The simplest way to do this is to contribute any alterations or additions to the icon set back to the project. This method will make your changes part of the standard distribution of the icon set.

To contribute back to the project, submit your changes and/or new icons to Matt Ryan: mryan [at] carleton [dot] edu.

News and discussion regarding the project

To find out when the icon set is updated or to participate in discussion of future directions for this project, join the bridge-icons email list.


The core of the Bridge Material Type Icon Set was created by Matt Ryan during the winter of 2005-2006, with able assistance in testing and evaluating the icons from the members of the Bridge Consortium's Public Access Working Group.


Creative Commons License
The Bridge Material Type Icon Set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License by the Bridge Consortium of Carleton College and St. Olaf College.

The Bridge Consortium of Carleton College and St. Olaf College may be contacted at:

Bridge Public Access Working Group
Gould Library
Carleton College
1 N College St
Northfield, MN 55057