Introducing a new Yale Library website

  • Students with laptops studying at library tables, background of card catalogs
July 21, 2021

Yale Library has debuted a new website address——and a new look.

The redesign is the first phase of a rolling renovation of the library’s extended Web presence that will include extensive user testing.

“The Web is our most important service platform and our most important communications channel,”  said Barbara Rockenbach, the Stephen Gates ’68 University Librarian. “Our goal is to continuously improve the experience for all our users.” 

Visitors to the new site are invited to share their feedback with the Web redesign team using the “Contact Our Web Team” link in the newly redesigned footer.

Among the highlights of the new site:

  •  A new library home page, with revised navigation, header, and footer that will eventually be extended out to other elements of the library’s Web presence.

  • A more prominent front-page “Search” function for users who want to dive into the library’s vast collections and e-resources.

  • New top-level landing pages and other navigational elements informed by analytics and user research. For example, a new Find, Request, and Use page, accessible from the main navigation amplifies the options for search and accessing library materials and licenced resources. A new Visit and Study page  brings together information about using the physical libraries.

  • New and expanded pages  for library news, events, and exhibitions.

  • An expanded About Us section to better communicate the library’s mission, goals and priorities.