Improving our website to help patrons discover and use library resources

November 22, 2016 3:08 pm
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Trying to reserve a meeting room online? Searching for the next storytime? Need help with a research project and can’t find what you need? Great news for our online users: We’re improving the library’s website to help patrons discover and use these library resources and many, many others!

We’ll be making changes to www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org in the coming weeks and months to better meet our mission: Connecting our community to each other and the world to read, learn, meet and discover.

Our website was last re-designed in 2008. The internet has changed a lot since then, and so has our library and our community!

The most important goal of this project is helping our patrons find what they are looking for online. The first phase of changes will be the most visible, including a fresh, mobile-friendly design, more intuitive, easier-to-use navigation and improved search capabilities. It will be more accessible and inviting for users of all abilities, interests and ages.

We expect to launch our new site the weekend of December 17-18, 2016. Additional improvements are planned in 2017 for our calendar of events and room reservation systems, as well as other changes to help meet user needs.

As we make improvements, we’ll present opportunities for you to let us know how we’re doing. And you can always reach us by using our Contact Us page, featured prominently on our existing and new websites.

Library website changes will replace Library Now mobile app

After December 31, 2016, Bellingham Public Library cardholders will no longer have access to our website using the Library Now mobile app.

Our website improvements are designed to be mobile-friendly and provide convenient, seamless access to our library catalog. The Library Now app is a paid service that has been a helpful patron resource. Our updated mobile-friendly website, coupled with improvements to our library catalog, together are expected to provide similar mobile convenience and improved function without the additional cost to the library for a special app.

Thank you for your patience with this change as we strive to provide the best, most cost-effective services possible.