Navigation Help - LC Catalog Header and Footer
Responsive Design in the LC Catalog
The Library of Congress has implemented responsive design in the LC Catalog user interface. With growing numbers of Library patrons searching the Catalog from smart phones and tablets, responsive design optimizes patron viewing and interaction with the Catalog from a wide range of devices. Responsive layouts are not only inherently accessible, they also improve reading and navigation by seamlessly adapting to the size of the viewing screen. Navigation on responsive websites is driven by vertical menus and submenus, and the displays employ more on-screen toggles and the folding of content into accordion "drawers" for smaller screens.
Navigation in the LC Catalog responsive design is centered in the header, which contains five main components: a primary Menu on the top left, LC Catalog branding, a Quick Search box followed by drop-down list of Search Options, and Account Login on the top right for patrons with Reader Identification cards.
Catalog Header: Menu
The Menu, located on the top left of each page, anchors key components of LC Catalog navigation. The first menu option links to Library of Congress Home, followed by Catalog Search Options. The Menu also contains Ask a Librarian, information and frequently asked questions about the Catalog, Help, links to specialized catalogs and tools that provide access to additional LC resources, and a link to the LC Catalog Home.
Catalog Header: Quick Search
The Quick Search box, located in the center of the header, supports Keyword (ALL) Quick Search, which finds all words in any order or exact phrases located anywhere in Catalog records.
Catalog Header: Search Options
To the right of the Quick Search box, the Search Options drop-down menu offers easy navigation between the Browse, Advanced Search, and Keyword Search options in the LC Catalog. After one or more searches have been performed during a search session, Search History also appears in the Search Options menu..
Catalog Header: Account Login
Registered readers of the Library of Congress - as well as Congressional and Library staff with Library patron accounts - may log into the LC Catalog via the Login link, located at the top right of each page. This service enables authorized patrons to request materials from the stacks and to view their requests and charged items in their account information. See the Guide for Requesting Materials in the Library's Online Catalog opens in a new window for additional information. Once logged in, the Login label name changes to Account. Smaller screens simply display a lock icon. The Login/Account menu also connects to Account Info Help.