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A fresh look for London’s oldest independent lending library’s website

Artonezero is delighted to have delivered a new contemporary membership website for the London Library, one of London’s best-loved institutions. The website is now live and enables new members to sign up online instantly and gain access to a full range of information and services, as well as up to the minute details about the wide range of events hosted by the Library.

The London Library is the capital’s oldest independent lending library and has been a haven for some of the greatest names in literature for over 100 years, including the likes of Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Virginia Woolf,  Agatha Christie and Harold Pinter.

The Library wanted its website to help attract a younger generation of members in the capital to become inspired to be the next generation of Dickenses and Darwins.

Our lead web designer Lucas Callahan worked closely with London Library’s marketing and IT teams to design the new London Library website with a contemporary look and feel to complement the Library’s traditional and modern outlook.

The new London Library is fully responsive (perfect to appeal to a younger generation who mainly browse on their mobile phones) and designed to express the library’s special place in London’s culture and history.

To keep in line with the London Library’s branding and character, original photography has been used to show off the library’s beautiful interiors and labyrinth of vaults.

To make it easier for new members a restructured and simpler sign-up process helps users to understand the different types of membership and choose the right membership for them.

A key requirement was for the London Library’s website to be fully integrated with its in-house IT membership systems so that once a new user has completed the online sign-up process their membership can be managed by the London Library’s membership management team.

To help manage London Library’s busy schedule of events, new events management functionality was to the home page of the new website. Staff can now seamlessly upload and market new events, and members can easily view and book their places.

The website’s back office system was simplified so that the London Library’s marketing team can easily edit the website on a daily basis.

Fittingly the London Library website is hosted on our secure servers based in London at Telehouse North.

Charlotte Bossick, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager at the London Library had this to say about working with us:

“ArtOneZero have managed the London Library website for a number of years. They recently undertook a redevelopment of the site for us and it’s been an absolute joy to work with them. They’ve worked quickly and efficiently and nothing has been too much trouble.”

You can take a look at the website by clicking here.

If your membership organisation is looking to upgrade your website or mobile presence please contact Mike Lloyd at Artonezero on 020 301 103 90 or email mike@artonezero.com

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