For the past year the library has been planning a new website to better meet the needs of our ever-changing community. The biggest shift has been the number of people with mobile devices. People using smartphones to access the library website has gone up 79% in the past year, while people using tablets on the site has increased 109%. Usage on mobile devices compared to 2011 (the current website was launched in the Fall of 2010) is up 219% for smartphones and 15,196% for tablets. The new library website was built with responsive design techniques that allow it to adjust to any size screen, making it possible for everyone- no matter what tech they use- to enjoy digital library services 24 hours a day.
Doesn’t the library have an app?
For the past few years the library did have an app, GCPLD 2 Go, that offered some services to mobile devices. The new website will offer all of the existing services on the current app AND everything on the website AND it will be available on any device with a browser. The end result is that you won’t be limited to what you do online at the library because you are using a mobile device.
What else is new?
The new website will offer increased access to digital resources including eBooks, digital magazines, and research databases. There will also be a new section including online courses where you can learn about almost anything. Access to some of these courses is paid for by the library, and some are free courses from top universities. The site will also include more booklists, some curated by librarians and some automatically updated, so that you can always see the newest items the library has to offer. Our most exciting events will be featured more prominently so you’ll never miss out on the great things going on at your branch library. We're also offering the Google Translate services as part of the website in order to offer greater access to our Spanish speaking members.