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What is a LibGuide?

How subject and research guides are used by public libraries.

Benefits of LibGuides at a Public Library?

  • Guides will be linked to and searchable at
  • There is a link checker tool in Springshare's LibGuides that helps us keep track of broken links.
  • We can organize core and relevant resources on a specific topic or subject into one webpage (aka. guide) that is accessible 24 hours a day.
  • You can give patrons a URL that will take them directly to a guide.
  • We can combine features of social networks, wikis, and blogs on a particular subject.
  • We can make RSS, program, and podcast feeds easy to use.
  • Anything we create is printable, so it can be used as handouts.
  • We can update the information on the page at ANY TIME, so patrons can have access to updated material ASAP.
  • We have integrated chat technology into our guides for constant communication with patrons.
  • And, the list goes on!

What is a LibGuide?

Springshare’s LibGuides are a content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries. LibGuides are user-friendly, efficient electronic resources that can meet the information needs of our patrons online.

This LibGuides system is commonly used by librarians to create research or subject guides. Guides are the outermost component that functions as a mini-website on a topic or subject. They contain pages, boxes, and content. For example, the resource you are currently viewing is a guide. 

What is the process for requesting that a Guide be created?

Over the next year, various PPLD Departments will be working on creating and publishing to LibGuides. We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to transition from Recommended Websites to LibGuides. Please let us know if there are any issues or broken links (

In order to request that a new Guide be created, please contact your immediate Supervisor or the Web Resources Librarian (

Thank you!

Introduction Video from SpringShare.