Library hours are unique to the niche, common to every library website, and a pain to design and maintain. Here are a few examples.
John Hopkins Sheridan Libraries & University Museums
For libraries with multiple locations and service desks, each with their own schedules, I think this is an elegant solution. It’s a seven day calendar in a simple, responsive table, with a highlight on the current day. Patrons can browse backward and forward, which is particularly useful to students and faculty that rigidly plan-out their calendars.
Grand Valley State University Libraries
Multiple locations navigable with an accordion menu. I love that openings and closures are written for humans: “this location is closed until next Tuesday at 7 a.m.”
Des Moines Public Library
Locations and basic details are shown in Pinterest-style bricks with prevalent thumbnails, which is just super pretty.
Bradford County Public Library
In-your-face hours on the front page, right next to the search.
Simon Fraser University Library
There’s a lot going on here, but I think they successfully designed an hours page that shows multiple services, locations, and services-of-services in a useful way. Big, color-coded open and closed labels are ftw.
What works best?
What do you think makes for the best hours page? These can be complicated and text heavy, but they’re arguably the most sought-after content.
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