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.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
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.
“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.”READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Disturbance Brings Chance Of Rain-Snow Mix To Our North Overnight
The site also will have more magazines available online, and will provide video streaming services.
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: View Live Radar
Bannon said the library website already sees about 17 million visitors a year.