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Beautifully designed library websites, part 2 September 26, 2007

Filed under: design inspiration,web design — ellenh @ 1:50 pm

To follow up with my previous post, here is my list of beautifully designed academic library websites, for your design inspiration:

Yesterday, I read on Ubiquitous Librarian, that the Clemson Library website rates the highest for user satisfaction. I took a look at their website, and in terms of design it’s only rather meh, which got me thinking: can you have a really well-designed library website which is both beautiful and functional?

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3 Responses to “Beautifully designed library websites, part 2”

  1. brian Says:

    Some libraries have to conform to University templates so that kills creative design.

    As for Yale— nice but tired, they’ve had that same design for over 5 years now. With Cal, I don’t like horizontal menus, that’s just me though. I love UVA but the site is too busy– they give up too much prime space for advertising events.

    As for Clemson, yeah, users have no idea what to look for! 😉

  2. ellenh Says:

    Oh, I know all about University templates! The one I work with is currently one of my biggest frustrations.

  3. kimv Says:

    I’m also a big fan of Northwestern’s site. Its just so retro, but clean and simple too. http://www.library.northwestern.edu/


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