West Van to discover rich digital experiences in Library’s new website

West Vancouver has a new place to share, learn, explore and discover at westvanlibrary.ca. The West Vancouver Memorial Library's new website offers rich digital experiences including an online community, downloadable resources with mobile-friendly functionality and strong connections to the Library's in-person experience.

"Our new website redefines our digital presence," says Library Board Chair Kirsty Farquharson. "It's a showcase of our Library's amenities, a community hub and a repository of trusted information, all rolled into one."

West Vancouver Memorial Library is one of the first libraries to implement "scalable design", giving smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops full access to content and functionality, and making the site easy to navigate no matter what devices or browsers are used.

The site offers new interaction opportunities for avid readers, film buffs and music lovers. Visitors can rate and review favourites, discover fresh choices and connect with others. The Library's well-read staff have already added hundreds of their own recommendations.

"Digital information and ways of accessing it are expanding daily," says Director of Library Services Jenny Benedict. "Our expert staff is here to assist our community in making the most of digital content to develop skills and explore personal interests."

The new website features rich content for researchers and learners of all ages. Technology Help pages provide step-by-step guidance on topics ranging from computer basics to social media. Explore Your Topic pages bring together the best of the Library's databases, physical collections and recommended websites. Tens of thousands of ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, e-music tracks and online magazines and newspapers are also available.

New pages for kids, teens and parents offer online program registration, app and book recommendations and guidance on topics such as using technology with young kids. The West Vancouver Memorial Library is the first in BC to launch a recommended apps Tumblr roll, where families will find staff recommendations for dozens of the best free and paid apps for preschoolers, kids and teens, all of which are available to try at the Library.

With a fresh design, the new website brings online the best of the in-person Library experience, highlighting the cosy elegance of the building and the friendly faces of Library staff. Digital displays of new books, movies and music give online visitors a virtual browsing experience. People who love the Library's out-of-the-way spaces and unexpected corners can now feel right at home 24/7.

The site was designed and developed by Vancouver-based Raised Eyebrow Web Studio.

Funding for the website redesign was generously provided by the District of West Vancouver and the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation. See it for yourself at westvanlibrary.ca.

Deb Hutchison Koep, Deputy Director, Technology & Communications

Sue Kent, Web Coordinator

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