The Guelph Public Library's first website was built in-house in 1999, with the help of federal and provincial financial assistance. A prominent "Local History and Genealogy" section of the site allowed customers to easily access a wealth of information about Guelph, including a unique online collection of photographs from the Guelph Public Library Archives. This site also included a section just for GPL Kids.
A second version of the website was created in 2002, and featured easy access to our online public access catalogue.
A third version of the website was designed in 2008 to celebrate 125 years of the Guelph Public Library.
The fourth GPL website was designed in 2012 thanks to a grant from the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Cultural Strategic Investment Fund) enabled the Guelph Public Library to hire co-op students to assist with website work, train staff members, launch multiple social media initiatives, and design a brand new website to fit the needs of a growing multicultural community. The new site includes features such as: translated information pages (courtesy of Guelph-Wellington Immigrant Services and community volunteers) in Guelph's most prevelant languages, social media tools (including staff blogs) and an interactive events calendar.
In the future, The Guelph Public Library is hoping to add the following features to the current site:
- More audio-visual content
- Digital access to archival items
- Online fine payments
If you have any questions or comments, please contact our webmaster by email: email@example.com
Photographs of the Guelph Public Library were captured by GPL staff member Lisa Cunningham.
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