Leeds University Library

New Library "beta" website now live

Published Tuesday 5 December 2017

student looking at a laptop in the Edward Boyle Library

Use the new website and tell us what you think to win £50 voucher

Try the new library beta website and give us your feedback for three chances to win £50.

We've spent the last year building a new library website. Please have a go at using it for the tasks you usually do, eg referencing, booking a room, etc. Let us know what you like and dislike and you could be in with a chance of winning one of three £50 vouchers.

The new site is based on user testing along with feedback from staff and students. The new site will replace the current website in the new year, after exams.

What is a "beta" website?

The "beta" label means you're looking at the first version of the website. During the beta phase we are continually testing and improving the site in response to feedback.

This beta website is available at the same time as the existing site so that you can choose which one to use.

In the new year after exams, the beta site will become the main library website and the current site will be shut down.

How has the new site been built?

There have been 1,368 contributions from students and staff through a website survey, card sorts, tree testing and observational testing. We've listened, considered and built the site around them as best we can.

In October 2016, we ran a web survey asking for your opinions on the existing site. We ran more user research and testing on the navigation structure of the site. The results of this testing produced the new website headings and the groups of content beneath them.

Library and IT staff worked together to design and build the different parts of the new site. We looked at every page and reviewed and edited the content to be as clear as possible.

Over the past month, we have run 39 individual testing sessions with staff and students on the new site. This has given us valuable insights into how the new site works for different types of user. We're using the information gathered to make some design and content changes. Some changes have already happened, and some are in the pipeline.

The last stage is to open the site up in a beta phase to a wider audience, to get a last set of feedback. We'll use this to make the site as good as we can, before we switch off the current website and replace it with the new one. We're aiming to do this at the start of semester two.