VOLUME 16 NUMBER 3
FALL 2015

New Libraries' Website

Unveiled in early August, the redesigned Libraries' website offers a modern, attractive look intended to increase visibility of library resources, services, and programs. We want to make it easy to locate resources you use most often and guide you to help when you need it, all with the aim of improving research, teaching, and learning across the university. Here are few highlights of the new site.

A new Search box on the homepage allows a single point to search across books, articles, media, and other research materials regardless of physical or electronic format. Click on What am I searching? to find details on each search tab. The site also highlights the numerous Research Guides to our content and collections and provides drop-down menus with quick access to the Libraries' more than seven hundred research databases.

Screenshot of the new search function on the Boston College Unversity Library website

In addition to a new look and feel, the site improves navigation with a new mega-menu across the top of each page. This provides consistent contextual information without the need for scrolling. Check out Using the Libraries for a listing of Services for Faculty & Staff.

Screenshot of the new drop down mega menu on the Boston College Unversity Library website

We now list all library Hours and Status (open/closed) along with Quick Links to the most frequently used pages in the footer of every page. To learn more about a library, click the name under Hours or go to About the Libraries in the top menu.

Screenshot of the library hours located on the footer of each page on the Boston College Unversity Library website

Finally, one of the most important changes is the use of responsive design which addresses accessibility for use on a phone, tablet, PC or TV. The site automatically responds to the size of the screen that you use to view it. This should make access better for everyone.

Please take a moment to check out the new Boston College University Libraries site at library.bc.edu and please send us your comments using the Feedback link in the top menu. We want to know what you think.

Theresa Lyman
Collections Analyst & Systems Librarian