Since the launch of our new Library Catalogue last
year, we have been keeping a close eye on the feedback and
working to make improvements to the service.
On Monday 6th February we will launch an
improved search interface for the catalogue to help you find
What has changed?
The new interface gives you three search fields - title,
author and keyword. You can use any combination of these fields to
If you liked the single search box and you want to do a general
subject search, just use the Keywords field.
If you know the title and author, using these fields will give
you a much smaller number of results.
We have also put a bit more polish into the interface, and
improved the mobile compatibility for those that prefer to use your
smartphone to search.
Why did we change it?
Many of you sent us feedback to say that you were having trouble
finding specific items in the catalogue. The single search box
interface was great for general subject searches, but found too
many results when you were looking for a specific item.
We spent a lot of time observing and understanding how
staff and students were using the Library Catalogue, and designing
a better interface for those requirements. We also got a group of
students to evaluate some alternative interfaces, and the most
popular interface was chosen.
Please continue to submit feedback to us using the
feedback link in the catalogue. Constructive
feedback is always welcome. Thank you to everyone who has already
taken the time to give us feedback.