British Library to overhaul digital presence

The British Library is embarking on a project to redevelop its website with the aim, it says ‘to create an experience that matches the Library’s impressive physical presence in London’.

British Library interior

Source: Steve Cadman

British Library interior

The Library is currently seeking consultancies to work on its Web Redevelopment Project, which will take between three and five years and will result, the library says, in a ‘completely new website that will be much more coherent yet provide clear, targeted offers for researchers, learners and the public’.

The Library has issued a tender for the project, which is split into two separate lots.

The first lots is seeking a consultancy to develop a global experience language for the British Library. This will comprise a comprehensive information architecture along with associated interface, interaction, graphic design and brand standards.

The library says the aim of this project is to ‘bring an unprecedented unity of look and feel to the library’s web eco-system and to establish the site as an inspiring destination for content and the creation of new knowledge’.

The second lot is for a detailed web technical architecture review, with the library seeking a consultancy to establish elements such as content management, search, e-commerce and other aspects.

The library says it will be inviting between five and seven groups to tender for the project and the deadline for requests to participate is 14 December.

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  • Pair Studio Ltd. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    We designed proposal for a new information desk for the British Library only two years ago, based on the concept of digital technology! How funny, maybe now they would be more up for seeing it built?!

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