Academic Digital Library

client: Bex exercise, My role: UX Design, Work with: alone

To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.                                                                             

                                                                                                               Jon Bing

Project Overview

The academic digital library market is poised for continued growth, driven by technological innovations, evolving scholarly communication practices, and the ongoing digital transformation of education and research.
97% of students looking for information resources on website.  


Time managment: A great improvement in the subject of the time that students invest in searching for reliable sources of information suitable for the various courses

Personalization: Customization options for users to save and share with the study group, set preferences, create alerts for new content, and bookmark favorite resources.

Document Viewing and Downloading: Ability for users to view documents directly within the digital library platform and download full-text documents for offline access.

Search and Discovery: Powerful search capabilities that allow users to find relevant academic materials based on keywords, authors, subjects, publication dates, collaborations with other university libraries. Advanced search features such as filters and facets enhance the discovery process.

Challenges and reaserch solutions

My solution: Personal AI assistant.

Pain point: 82% from the student have difficulty technologically.

Technical Challenges: Students with limited technological proficiency may struggle to navigate complex digital library interfaces or encounter difficulties in accessing resources on various devices.

My solution: Adding Sfoyify APP to the site.

Pain point: 60% of the respondents said they studied better with sound on in the background. 

Music: Improving achievements by listening to music during studies and exams.

My solution: Adding an option to create study groups for the subscribed students studying in the same course.

Pain point: 80% of the respondents said they studied better in study group.

Study Group: Learning in advance learning groups impressive improvement in the students’ achievements.

My solution: Creating kits that will contain everything student need to study a certain course + exams+solutions. A service provided to members only.

Pain point: 76% of students using digital librery to find course materials and it take a lot of time.

Information Overload: Students may feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of digital resources available, making it challenging to identify relevant materials for their studies.

My solution: A more focused search of materials and information classified by different courses and also collaborations with other digital universities around the world – advance search.

Pain point: 76% of students waste very valuable time searching for information relevant to the course.

Time Management: While digital libraries offer vast resources, students may spend excessive time searching for materials, detracting from time available for studying and other academic activities.


Information Architecture

Creating an effective information architecture for an academic digital library involves organizing and structuring information in a clear and intuitive way that allows easy navigation and retrieval of resources. Also, present options that are not found in a normal library such as: listening to music while working, the possibility to communicate with other students who are also in a certain course, create a work group with other students and more.

UI Design



Search results of unique ready-made kits for different courses – open only to paid subscribers with a request to create a subscription.

Search results by word, but there are advanced search options including collaborations with other university libraries and not just the digital ones.

Extensive functions for working with the information (books, articles, video clips and more) that the student downloaded to his personal library

Empty state of a folder before inserting materials into it.

A personal library of a student with a paid subscription, with options that do not exist for a student who is in the basic, free plan, such as: organized kits for each course, exams with their solutions.