Berkeley Public Library Launches New Website

January 31, 2014

Contact: Alicia Abramson
Manager, Information Technology & Technical Services
Berkeley Public Library


Berkeley Public Library Launches New Website

Features Include Improved Navigation, a New Visual Identity and Community Focus


Berkeley, January 31, 2014 – Berkeley Public Library has launched its new website,, showcasing the Library’s connection to the community while providing easy access to its dynamic print, music, film and digital collections. As part of the development of the new site, the Library’s web team involved staff and members of the community from the beginning: soliciting input, conducting user testing and collecting and analyzing survey data. As a result of this invaluable feedback, the site expresses Berkeley Public Library’s commitment to meeting our users’ wide range of interests as well as providing convenient access to:

  • Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks

  • Streaming music

  • Discover & Go, a service providing free or reduced price tickets to Bay Area museums and other cultural venues

  • Digital magazines

  • Kids and Teen focused content

  • Personalized book recommendations—tailored to patrons—created by our librarians

  • Information on reserving  our free community meeting rooms

  • Calendar featuring the diverse range of  Library events 


With an increasing number of people accessing the Library while on-the-go, the site was made with mobile users in mind and adapts to tablets and mobile devices easily, without requiring an app. Built on the open-source Drupal platform, the site was constructed with a responsive design approach, with usability and accessibility as top priorities. Accessible features include a high contrast color palate, a usable font, an 18 minimum pixel size for menu headings, placement of the most important interactive elements at the top of the page, keyboard only navigation through use of the tab key with logical and sequential tab-order, and required ALT tags for all images. (ALT Tags are used by screen readers to verbally describe photographs or other images to sight-impaired computer users. If there were no ALT tags on the site, the screen reader would just say “Image” or give a file name.)

 “We really want to get away from the monolithic redesign process and have the ability to adapt the navigation and presentation of our site when we get feedback from our users, and this new site allows us to do this easily”, said Alicia Abramson, Manager of Information Technology and Technical Services for the Library. The Library will continue to collect user feedback about the new site through an online survey: For questions regarding the website, call 510-981-6131.