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Libraries unveil streamlined new website over the summer

September 21, 2013
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A thoroughly redesigned version of the Rutgers University Libraries website ( went live on June 26 and offers users a variety of new options and much greater ease of use.

The new website replaces a vertical navigation bar, with 20 links, on the old website with a five tab horizontal navigation bar at the top of the new site. Each of the five tabs opens to reveal a menu with links. The five tabs - Find, Services & Tools, Help, Places & Spaces, and About – reflect a concerted effort to improve the information architecture of the Libraries' website.

The 'Find' tab links to the most frequently requested collections and resources like articles, books, journals/magazines/newspapers, audio/visual and course reserves, government documents, dissertations & theses, data & statistics, computers, and more.

The 'Services' tab links to resources and services such as borrow/request/renew, information for faculty/students/alumni/off-campus users, RefWorks, library classes, media services, information for international students, copy/print/scan, and more.

The 'Places & Spaces' tab links to libraries & centers, maps & directions, building hours, group study rooms, computer labs, quiet spaces, building accessibility, and the Scarlet Latte café in Alexander Library.

The 'About' tab offers links to information on news and events, faculty and staff directory, library policies, and other services. The 'Help' tab offers new top-level links to information on research guides, tutorials, making an appointment with a librarian, and other services.

The popular 'Ask A Librarian' email and 'Chat' box service appear on the right of the page. The chat box is colored differently when the 'Chat' option is available (dark shading) and is unavailable (light shading). The 'Chat' box on the front page, and a small vertical "Ask A Librarian" box that appears on all lower level pages, also features icons that link to email and phone options for the service.

A prominent search box lets users easily search library resources in five distinct areas; articles, books, journals, audio/video, and course reserves. The tabbed search box appears in lower level pages of the website at the top on the right.

Several pages on the new website are still evolving, with improvements being made to presentation and content. Though we have unveiled a new design, it is the result of an ongoing, iterative process.

For more information on the newly redesigned website, or to share feedback, please send email to