Library websites can offer:
- Interaction with the library catalog. An Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) provides the ability log into a library account to renew or request items.
- Gateway to electronic resources. Libraries may organize the various periodical indexes, electronic reference collections, and other databases they subscribe to. Resources may be organized alphabetically, by subject and by media.
- Library tutorials. Interactive tutorials can help users choose and use electronic resources, how to renew a book, and other library functions.
- Virtual reference. Virtual reference allows remote patrons to connect with library staff and have their questions answered, including via email and texting.
- Library blogs. Blogs can announce new resources or services at the library and to give patrons another venue to communicate with staff and provide feedback.
The examples and perspective in this section deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (April 2016)
In the United States, according to the Tech Act and AT Act of 1998, libraries as grant-funded institutions are bound by the Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and must report the accessibility of their electronic and information technology. Therefore, library websites should be designed with web accessibility standards in mind.
- Burke, John J. (2006). Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: a basic guide for library staff (2nd ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman. pp. 149–151.
- Boyer, C (2015). "Libraries and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act".