New Westminster Public Library unveils new “electronic” branch

The New Westminster Public Library is launching a new chapter in its history with the unveiling of a fresh new look to its website.

Following a recent $5.5-million renovation and upgrade to its main branch, the library has unveiled a new design for its “electronic branch.” Along with a much-needed refresh to the overall look and feel of the site, the library states that the new has been redesigned with mobile users and an increasingly diverse community in mind.

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“Our old website passed its best-before date some time ago,” said Adam Farrell, the library’s manager of technology and technical services. “With our new site the goal is to provide users with a level of functionality that is visually appealing, rich in both content and features, while also being scalable across a range of devices and emerging technology.”

A press release from the library notes that the website features include a new, robust events calendar, improved access to the library’s many online products and services, as well as increased integration with the library’s catalogue. It also provides more efficient access to the ever-increasing demand for online content like streaming movies, podcasts, and other types of digital media.

Unlike a physical branch, the library’s electronic branch provides 24/7 access to a range of content and services such as downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines. Users can learn a new language, research an appliance, or learn digital photography, whether it’s 4 p.m. or 4 a.m.

“Our new website aims to meet the demand for content and services that are increasingly sophisticated, timely and relevant,” Farrell said in a press release. “This site also puts us on sure footing both now and into the future as formats and technology continue to evolve.”

The library rolled out most of new website on July 8, but will be introducing new features like online registration for programs and events in the fall, once the transition from the old site has been completed. You can check out the library’s new-and-improved website at

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