Enable your LibGuides system blog

What is the system blog?

Looking for an easy way to share the latest library news and events with your patrons? Then look no further! With LibGuides, you can create a blog to keep your patrons in the know about the latest releases, new programs, changes to your hours -- you name it! Patrons can see your latest posts from your LibGuides homepage and can even receive email alerts for new posts.

Your system blog has the following features:

  • Posts with Friendly URLs. Each post gets its own page and friendly URL for easy sharing.
  • Featured Post. Tag a single post as a Featured Post that will stay at the top of the blog. 
  • Recent Posts. Users can easily browse the most recent posts at a glance.
  • Subscribe. Want to know when new posts are added? You can subscribe for email notifications!
  • Archive. Need to catch up on some older posts? The archive allows you to view past posts by month.
  • Subjects. Each post can be assigned to one of your LibGuides subject categories, which allows users to filter posts to what interests them most.
  • Follow Us. Share links to your Facebook, Twitter, or

System blog example

Enable or disable the system blog

Initially, only Admin users can enable or disable the system blog. However, depending upon your user permission settings for the blog, regular users can configure this setting as well.

Please note: in order for users to see your blog's posts, your blog must be viewed over a secure HTTPS connection. For best results, we recommend that a LibApps admin set your LibGuides site to always load over HTTPS.
  1. Go to Content > Blog.
  2. Click on  Blog Management.
  3. On the Blog Settings page, toggle the Blog Status option.
    • Enabled: your system blog will be visible to the public.
    • Disabled: your system blog will not be visible to the public, but you can still add and view posts internally.
  4. Click the Save button.

Selecting Blogs from Content menu

Changing the Blog Status to Enabled

Viewing the public system blog

There are two ways to view your system blog.

Via the blog's URL

This blog is available via your LibGuides homepage or by adding /blog to your LibGuides domain name. For example: http://yourlibrary.libguides.com/blog

To manage your system blog, go to Content > Blog.

Via your LibGuides homepage

With your system blog enabled, you can include a Recent Posts box on your LibGuides homepage. To customize this:

  1. Go to Admin > Look & Feel.
  2. Click on the Page Layout tab and select Homepage from the dropdown.
  3. Under the Customization tab, in the Homepage Boxes / Redirect panel, add the Blog box along with your other boxes.
    • Click on the Blog button below the list of boxes to add it to the list.
    • Drag and drop the Blog box into the desired position. The boxes will appear in this same order on your homepage.
  4. Click the Save button.

Please note that this will only work if you're using the Default LibGuides homepage.

  • Using a guide as your homepage (i.e. the "Use Custom" option is enabled)? Try embedding a blog widget inside a Media/Widget asset, instead!
  • Using a custom template for your homepage ? You can add the {{content_box_blog}} keyword to your template if you're not using the {{content_boxes}} keyword.

Add blog to homepage boxes

Once you've added the Blog box to your homepage, patrons will see:

  • A list of your recent blog posts. This will include only posts from your system blog -- not blogs added to your guides.
  • Teasers. When you create a post, you can add an optional teaser. This allows you to create a brief summary for your post and will display under the post title in the Blog box on your homepage.
  • "Go to Blog" button. This button will take users directly to your system blog. You can customize the text of this button by going to your Language Options. Under Language Customization > Homepage, look for Key ID 296.

Example of Recent Posts on homepage

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