St. Louis County Library

Robust search capabilities and event filter help 21-branch library system fulfill role as valuable community center

998,692

St. Louis County citizens using I.F. technology

30%

Increase in traffic to library programs and events after launch

3

National ranking for number of author events each year

Special Features:
Drupal 7

Drupal 7

Fulcrum Hosting

Fulcrum Hosting

3rd Party Integrations

3rd Party Integrations

Book Rivers

Book Rivers

Advanced Search

Advanced Search

St. Louis County Library is a 21-branch library system with one of the most prominent genealogy departments in the nation. The library’s previous website was built on an outdated platform that made site navigation difficult and confusing, yielded poor search results, restricted the ability of staff to create appealing content, and was not responsive on smaller screens. The library system sought to be an irreplaceable community center and needed new online technology to achieve that goal. 

A richer search experience to drive engagement

We moved the site onto Drupal’s open-source platform to provide flexibility and room for growth. A clean and visually appealing design simplified and streamlined the menu and navigation. The powerful bento-box style integrated search allows patrons to view search results from the library’s catalog, e-media, genealogy resources, databases, news releases, and events. 

The library wanted to focus on their genealogy department, and making it easy for patrons to access the numerous events and classes the library provides. We guided staff as they migrated their vast genealogy resources onto the new site and helped make the genealogy department more accessible online. The events section allowed patrons to filter event listings by type, branch, and zip code, as well as to search by keyword. Age-group color coding further simplified the browsing experience. 

Success factors 

  • Powerful, integrated search across resources 
  • Robust event section with filters for easier searching
  • Improved information architecture 
  • Open-source content management solution