CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Public Library has supercharged its old workhorse website, unveiling a new site that is more user-friendly and up-to-date.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the new website not only looks better, it will allow you to do more; such as track what you’re reading or save items in the library catalog for later.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Second Sunday Night Tornado Confirmed; Cool And Clear Monday Night
“It’s completely mobile-enabled, which our current site wasn’t, so any device that you’re working on, it’ll adjust itself to that device,” Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said. “In addition to that … we’ll be offering our very first application for iPhones as well as droids, so you’ll be able to download the app for location services and others.”
The site also will have more magazines available online, and will provide video streaming services.READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: 130 Homes Damaged In Tornado In West, Southwest Suburbs As Dangerous Storms Hit Chicago Area Sunday Night
Bannon said the Chicago Public Library Foundation has committed $1 million to fund the complete overhaul of the library’s online operations.
“We’re kind of calling this Pinterest meets Amazon. It’ll have all the great sort of visual aspects of the new social environment, but it will also bring the kinds of functionality that people have become accustomed to, and actually have been asking us for.”MORE NEWS: Assessing The Damage: Tornado That Ripped Through DuPage County Classified As EF-3
Bannon said the library website already sees about 17 million visitors a year.