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

Library hours displayed in a table, with different buildings on the Y access and the days of the week on the Y.

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

Animation shows a vertical accordion pattern where each location opens and collapses on tap.

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

Library hours divided by locations and displayed with Pinterest-style panels

Locations and basic details are shown in Pinterest-style bricks with prevalent thumbnails, which is just super pretty.

Bradford County Public Library

Library hours displayed prominently on the front page, right by the search box.

In-your-face hours on the front page, right next to the search.

Simon Fraser University Library

Toggleable hours at SFU Library with large "Open / Closed" Text

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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Michael Schofield is a service and user-experience designer specializing in libraries and the higher-ed web. He is a co-founding partner of the Library User Experience Co., a developer at Springshare, librarian, and part of the leadership team for the Practical Service Design community.