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Libraries to launch a new homepage design

By May 31, 2024June 3rd, 2024No Comments

As of June 4, 2024, the University Libraries website homepage will have a new look.

The new design introduces several modern touches. All design decisions were made in response to extensive research, including usability tests, user feedback, staff feedback, and listening sessions with our Student Advisory Board.

In addition to aesthetic changes, such as rounded edges on boxes and softer colors, users will notice several key changes to the structure of the homepage.

Screenshot of the new Libraries homepage design, featuring a more prominent search function and similar content chunked together

Highlights of the new homepage

  • Header and search: The biggest change in the redesign is the shift of Libraries search to the front and center of the homepage. The search is now larger and more visible, and includes explanatory text that clarifies what you can expect to find using the search. Popular links like our list of databases and interlibrary loan service are included nearby.
  • Organization: Feedback from usability tests and subsequent consultations with web design experts indicated that the old version of the homepage, while containing valuable information, could be overwhelming to some users. In the new design, like content will be grouped together in a simplified and clearly delineated manner.
    • For example, information about our spaces is now grouped together, instead of split into multiple sections.
  • Upcoming events: Upcoming Libraries events will now appear higher on the page, making them more visible and easier to find. Styling modifications will also bring more attention to the dates.
  • Emphasis on our Archives and Special Collections: A new homepage section will highlight content from our Archives and Special Collections, a Libraries department that collects and preserves an amazing array of materials that support research around many topics and subjects.
  • Expanded Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) information: Users will find links to projects and initiatives that demonstrate the Libraries’ commitment to DEIA.
  • Libraries news: The new homepage design includes more space for Libraries news stories. Just like before, these headlines will link to full stories available to read on our Libraries News & Events site (where you’re reading this update now!).

Importantly, these changes are largely limited to the Libraries homepage. Secondary page structure will not change, and pre-existing links won’t break.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the new homepage design.

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