The Marysville Public Library has revamped its website in an effort to keep up with advancements in technology and better meet the needs of the library's 26,000 patrons.

The Marysville Public Library has revamped its website in an effort to keep up with advancements in technology and better meet the needs of the library's 26,000 patrons.

After six months of planning and development, the library launched the new site on June 6.

According to library director Ryan McDonnell, the website is an important tool for library users. The site receives 13,000 to 14,000 visits a month from 4,000 to 5,000 patrons.

"More and more people are accessing us 24/7," McDonnell said. "People access their accounts and our catalog at all hours."

McDonnell said the website is popular among library users because it allows them access to their accounts as well as place requests, renew items, pay fines and register for programs, all at their convenience.

The last time the library did a full redesign of the website was in 2005. The growing importance of the website is what drove the project, McDonnell said.

The new website has dedicated pages for major programs and services and also provides separate menus for adults, teens and kids.

Among the site's new features is an Ask Us tool that allows visitors to ask the library staff questions and get answers online. Website users can search previously asked questions and answers, as well as submit questions.

Questions can be submitted in a variety of ways, including text messaging and Twitter.

The website also lists Quick Guides, which bundle a variety of different sources for easy access on a specific topic.

Additional updates include a search tool, a mobile version of the site and an e-Library, which provides quick access to the library's growing number of e-resources, including e-books, e-audio books, digital historical collections and the digital music collection.

The most valuable update, according to McDonnell, is the website's overall navigation, which is focused on "making it as easy and convenient for people to find the information they need."

"It's pretty much a one-stop shop to access all of our programs, all of our different materials and all of the services that we offer," McDonnell said.

McDonnell said he has received an overwhelming number of positive comments about the new website and welcomes additional comments and suggestions from the public.

"We still have a few tweaks to make to it, but generally speaking it's functioning properly," he said. "There are some additional features that we will be turning on slowly over the next several months."