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Northeastern University Libraries Unveils New Website

Friday, January 20, 2012
Thomas Urell
t.urell [at]
(617) 373-2821
Office of the Dean

New site improves user experience through search and discovery, enhanced access to research support, and powerful interactive functionality.




January 20, 2012


Boston, MA – The Northeastern University Libraries today launches a redesigned library website at The new website reflects a major institutional commitment to improving access to online library services and resources across campus and to remote locations. After extensive usability testing, focus groups and competitive assessment, the rebuilt site makes navigation easier and takes into account the primary functions users need when visiting the library online.

Built on Drupal, the leading open-source content management technology, the new website is flexible, configurable, and allows for digital innovation and sustainable growth going forward.

The new homepage welcomes visitors with a prominent search system, an interactive menu, and engaging content that displays exhibits, polls, featured resources, and blog feeds in real-time. Visitors to the website will be able to choose from a customized site menu at the top of the homepage, which bases displayed content on their user status, such as graduate student, faculty member, etc. There are also quick links to frequently used site features, like study room booking and 24/7 chat with a research assistance librarian.

"The new site is easy to use and continues the Library's commitment to the Northeastern University community: those who use the Library from within our walls and from around the globe,” says Will Wakeling, Dean of Libraries.  “With website traffic reaching more than 2.3 million page views last year, the Library is now as much an online as a physical space, where users are accessing the online resources and digital content that represent the fastest growing piece of the Library's collections.”


Media Contact: Thomas Urell, Library Communications Officer, (617) 373-2821, t.urell [at]

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