Library Website Redesign

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) recently launched a redesign of the central website.  The redesigned website features improved search options, easier researching processes, clearer and more up to date content, and an improved user experience. This design will act as a template for future subsites within UTL. 

Thank you! Your involvement in the redesign process helped us build a website that meets the needs of our wide range of users. We aimed to involve as many individuals as possible in providing feedback throughout the redesign process. 

Get involved

Even though the redesign is live, your feedback is still essential.  We are moving towards an iterative design process where small updates are made regularly to the live site.  We will be completing another round of usability testing later in the summer, but you can get involved any time by:

Please contact us to explore other opportunites for involvement with your group, campus library, or committee.

Responsive design

The new website is fully responsive, providing a unified user experience across all browsers and devices.  The new design fits all screen sizes, automatically shrinking for smaller screens on smartphones and tablets, or adapting to larger screens such as a desktop monitor, laptops, TVs, and digital signage displays.

Examples of responsive websites produced by ITS:

Commitment to online accessibility

UTL is committed to providing all users with equitable access to University of Toronto Libraries’ digital spaces. The new library website is accessible to Level AA standards, as outlined by the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).  Tell us about a web accessibility problem if you find one.

Project dates

High-level project dates are noted below. For more detailed information, please contact us via email.

Week Project Phase Status
June-July 2015 Follow up usability testing Planned
May 2015 Final site launch In progress
April 2015 Beta launch
Final development, testing, and launch preparation
March 2015 Launch, testing, and refinement of beta site Complete

February 2015

Testing and refinement of alpha site Complete

January 2015

Alpha site launch Complete
December 1-12

Final phase of design and development

Prepare for alpha site launch



Testing and feedback Complete
September 15 - October 31 Fourth phase of design and development Complete
July 14 - August 31 Testing and feedback Complete

July 7

Third phase of design and development


June 23 - July 4

Testing and feedback


June 16

Second phase of design and development Complete
June 2-13 User and stakeholder feedback; analysis and recommendations for next stage of development Complete
May 26 First phase of design and development Complete
March 31 - May 23

Information gathering and research

Stakeholder and user outreach and feedback


March 24

Project planning

Requirements gathering

Communications planning


Contact us

For more information about the project or to get involved, email the project directly at web(AT)

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