The Elmhurst Public Library (EPL) is always seeking to meet the technological needs of the Elmhurst community. We offer 80 public-use computers, hundreds of eBook titles, more than 50 eReaders pre-loaded with books and magazines, online music, online databases and more. Our online presence is another area where we try to respond to patrons’ needs.
So on July 17, we launched the library’s new and improved website. The new site features a more streamlined design that helps users navigate all that EPL has to offer online.
Improvements to the new site include larger text for easier viewing, more menus and tabs for direct links and a better-organized layout for simpler navigation. A new feature to the site includes an updated main menu, with entire categories that display at once, like About Us, Kids, and 24/7 eLibrary. At the bottom of every page of the website is the “How Can We Help?” menu containing popular and often referenced links, like business services or homework help, or popular links to eBooks, eAudiobooks, Freegal music and more.
Did you know that the most popular page on our website contains Tumblebooks, TrueFlix and Bookflix – Kids’ Interactive Books?
Bookflix combines a popular fiction book for kids with a nonfiction title, like “Chicken Little” by Steven Kellogg cleverly paired with “What Is Gravity?” by Lisa Trumbauer. Dozens of titles are available for kids to read and view online, and teachers and parents also have access to lesson plans corresponding to the books. Our newly revamped website puts this popular link front and center on the main page for easy access, along with many others.
Later this summer EPL will also launch an updated catalog, transitioning from a slower, older system to a standalone catalog working with libraries with larger and more varied collections. When EPL’s new catalog is launched, the new website will integrate seamlessly with the catalog.
If you haven’t used EPL’s website in the past, now is a great time to check us out online at www.elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.
Cheryl Moore is public information coordinator at Elmhurst Public Library