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Typography and graphic communication: Books

A guide to finding information in typography and graphic communication. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: to find 'Out of sorts: on typography and print culture' by Joseph A. Dane. Type:

dane out sorts

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Key locations

2nd Floor

000 General works
004.67 Web design
016 Bibliography
070 Newspapers, journalism and the press


Manuscripts and rare books

3rd Floor

655 Printing, publishing and bookbinding
655.1 History of printing
655.2  Typography and composition 
655.3  Printing processes  
655.4  History of publishing and bookselling 
655.7  Bookbinding
700  Art
741.6  Commercial art
745.2  Industrial art and design 
745.6  Calligraphy and decorative lettering  
760  Prints and printmaking  
770  Photography


Call Numbers for selected topics

Album covers 741.66
American printing & printers 655.173

Bauhaus 707.1143
Book, History of 002.09
Book design 655.53
Book illustration 741.64
Book production 655
Book trade 381.45002
Bookbinding 655.7
Book jackets 741.64
Bookplates 097
Bookselling 381.45002
Brands 658.827
British printing & printers 655.142
British publishers 655.442

Calligraphy 745.6
Charts, diagrams, etc.; Information visualization 001.4226
Colour perception 152.145
Commercial art 741.6
Computer fonts 655.24
Computer typesetting 655.28
Copyright 655.6

Design 745.4
Desk-top publishing 655.2018
Digital typography 655.28

Fine bindings 095
First editions 094.4
French printing & printers 655.144

German printing & printers 655.143
Graphic design: Logos; Commercial art 741.6

Human-computer interaction 004.019

Incunabula 093
Industrial art and design 745.2
Information visualization 001.4226
Illuminated manuscripts 096
Internet design 006.7
Isotype 419.2
Italian printing & printers 655.145

Journalism 070

Layout (Printing) 655.25
Lettering 745.6
Lithography (printing) 655.325
Lithography (printmaking) 763
Logos 741.6

Magazine design 741.65
Manuscripts 091

Newspaper publishing 070

Offset lithography (printing) 655.325

Page design 655.25
Perception (Psychology of) 152
Photogravure 655.327
Photolithography 655.325
Posters 741.67
Printing (general) 655
Printing (history of) 655.1
Printing processes 655.3
Prints and printmaking 760
Private presses 094
Product design 658.5752
Publishing and bookselling, History of 655.4

Rare bindings 095
Rare books 094
Rare illustrations 096
Rare printing 094
Relief printmaking 761

Semiotics; Signs and symbols 001.56
Specimen books 655.24

Type design 655.24
Typefaces 655.24
Typefounding 655.21
Typesetting 655.28
Typography 655.2

User interface design 005.437019

Visual communication 001.553
Visual perception 152.1

Wayfinding; Signs and signboards 659.134
Web design 006.7

New books

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: