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Power Your Library Website with LibGuides CMS


This is not an exhaustive list of all libraries using LibGuides CMS as a website. Rather these examples represent only institutions who have been explicitly contacted about being featured in this guide.

Disclaimer: Libraries frequently update their websites. The screenshots below might not reflect the most current/updated version of their website.

K-12 Libraries Using LibGuides CMS As Their Library Website

Humza Rabbani
Nueva School Library:

"The option to add custom code in LibGuides has helped us completely revamp our homepage! Despite the new look and feel, we can continue to easily make changes to the content and manage our entire site in one place. LibGuides has helped us create a dynamic and informative hub for students to get all the resources they need."

Amy Voorhees & Nancy Florio
Kent School John Gray Park ‘28 Library:

Having our LibGuides and the John Gray Park ‘28 library website on the same platform has been transformational. There is a continuity in design and we can manage both resources on the backend. Brilliant!

Kent School Screenshot

The many reasons we love LibGuides:

  • LibGuides gives us the ability to write HTML and CSS to create just the look and feel we wanted for our library website. 
  • The widgets for our social media accounts make changes on those platforms seamless on our library website.
  • We use PowerSchool as our LMS and LibGuides widgets make it easy to integrate information from specific guides. This means students can continue working in the LMS when it makes sense to keep them focused there. 
  • We love how easy it is to manage assets. The A-Z database is terrific as is the ability to pull in assets instead of copying boxes. This feature makes creating new guides a breeze.
  • We love that we are able to use Bootstrap code so our larger boxes are a responsive design; we no longer need to use tables and worry about how they will display on mobile devices.
  • As always, the Springshare Lounge is an essential support system. While we may not have the same issues as the ones being discussed, we always come away more knowledgeable about some feature - it's truly a great PLN.
  • One of our new favorite features is the help desk tab we’ve created with LibWizard—providing help for our users at their point of need!
Having our LibGuides and the John Gray Park ‘28 library website on the same platform has been transformational. There is a continuity in design and we can manage both resources on the backend. Brilliant!

- Amy Voorhees, Library Director and Nancy Florio, Research Librarian

Susan Smith
The Harker School:

We saw several university websites built on the platform and liked the way they looked and functioned. We then realized that with LibGuides CSS customization we could design our own.

Using LibGuides is preferable to re-building our portal on the School’s existing content manager. We liked that LibGuides is library-centric and can be maintained by librarians with little or no coding skills.

The Harker School

What features of LibGuides CMS assist you in power your website?

  • Gallery Box Type:  Easily create a spotlight box to highlight news/service
  • Database A-Z List: Hosting our A-Z list here replaced another service
  • Custom Templates & Customizations:  Modifying the template (sidebar boxes) met our needs and the ability to insert custom CSS
  • Interactive Tools: Polls and surveys and the ablity to embed video, already integrated into LibGuides CMS
The product is easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and allows us to be autonomous in building these beautiful resource guides. One of my librarians quips Springshare makes us look like rock stars!

- Susan Smith

Cathy Oxley
Brisbane Grammar School:

We are using LibGuides CMS as we love the fact that the LibGuides platform is so easy for all our staff to use. This is very important to us as our webpages are a joint effort and one or more of our staff is continually updating them.

Each time we use LibGuides, we find our ability to convey information is really only limited by our imagination.

Brisbane Grammar School
Our webpages serve as a collection/curation point for a wealth of other applications, which are easily displayed or linked to using media widgets, and this has helped us to create a rich but compact source of information for our students.

- Cathy Oxley

Bradley Tyrrell
Scotch College:

LibGuides CMS provides me with flexibility in design and with the integrated services such as databases, forms, surveys, etc. I am able to use one platform that handles all of my library needs.

For us, LibGuides CMS and Springshare is going to be our one-stop shop for the foreseeable future and we have a lot more releases coming in the future. 

Scotch College
One aspect that cannot be overstated is the ability to provide for more than one platform through one service. It is our ability create one page that allows users on any platform to access our materials with no compromise on look and feel and most importantly the user experience.

- Bradley Tyrrell