Library Web Page design

May 30, 2017
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Hennepin_County_Library___Hennepin_CountyLast week Chris Zammarelli asked Amanda Etches and me for some library website inspiration. So we decided to compile a short list of some sites that we’re liking right now. If we missed one that you really like, please holler!

We like:

Addison_Public_LibraryThe huge search box. The visual design of the site is pleasant, but the best part of the HCL website is the catalog integration. Totally into it. Search results are legible, and bib records aren’t filled with junk that people don’t want to see (though additional information is available below).

Red flags:

At 1440 x 900, there’s some odd white space on the left of most pages. (A somewhat minor gripe, to be sure.)

Legible typography, calm visual design, restrained content.

MIT_LibrariesWish the search box was a bit bigger, but it is in a conventional location so maybe that’s okay. Also, the site uses the classic and ever popular public library audience segmentation of kids/teens/adults. We understand the problem that this solves but think there’s probably a better solution out there somewhere.

Great homepage! Nice, clear, bold typography. Useful content.

Catalog isn’t integrated, lots of content thrown into link laden libguides.

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