Library website redesign: Alpha site is up and running!

The ITS team has been busy redesigning the University of Toronto Libraries’ central website in order to provide users with an improved research experience. We are excited to announce that the alpha version of the new site is up and running: https://alpha.library.utoronto.ca/.

The alpha stage is an important part of the redesign process. It gives you the opportunity to experience the new organization of information and refreshed content, and test new features are they are released.

During this phase, we encourage you to focus your input on the overall design, architecture, and content. As new features are released and content is added, you will see the test site update. Please note: For the most up to date content, always check the library's existing site until the redesigned website is launched in May 2015.

How to get involved

Our next step is usability testing. Based on testing results and user feedback, we will continue to make improvements to the alpha site over the next several months. 

Improvements

  • In-demand information on the home page: Sometimes, you just want to know when we’re open.  Basic library information, like our locations and hours, is now right on the home page.
  • More intuitive research process: Content has been reorganized to help you find the information you need more easily.
  • Easy access to people who can help: Now, it's easier to find research support online, like videos and Ask a Librarian chat.
  • Responsive design: We understand that you want to be able to use the UTL website on any device. Our new website automatically adapts to the size of your screen, whether it’s a desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
  • Accessible: In accordance with the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), our new library website is accessible for people with various levels of ability.
  • New and improved search tool: Coming soon!

Thank you for all of the feedback that you have offered so far, and please keep it coming. We all look forward to a fresh new face for the main library website!

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