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COVID-19 Guide

Guidance for Libraries

Guidance for Libraries

ALA Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries

Library as a Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery Free PDF ebook (ALA)

What if a Library Building is Closed? an ongoing webinar series hosted by Gigabit Libraries, IFLA, and partners on topics such as internet access, digital services, physical materials, and wifi

IMLS COVID-19 resources page

Distance Read-alouds (AASL's guidance on Streaming Storytimes and Copyright)

Community Use of E-Rate-Supported Wi-Fi is Permitted During Closures (FCC)

Staged Reopening Guidance (New Mexico State Library )

Handling Materials

REALM Project - REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums

Mitigating Covid-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections (IMLS)

Materials Quarantine: No More than 24 Hours Needed, per CDC Epidemiologist Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction blog post covering key points from the the IMLS webinar listed above

Recommendations for Cleaning Materials Northeast Document Conservation Center recommendations for cleaning circulating material

Frequent Questions about Coronavirus Disease/COVID-19 (EPA) Includes information about disinfectants, drinking water, and indoor air 

How to Sanitize Collections (American Libraries)

CDC Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities

How to safely remove safety gloves -Short video from Montana State Library

Open Meeting Law


Closure Checklist

Notify the Public

  • Provide details of changes on your website - include hours, if any, staff availability, if any, whether checkouts are extended and fees waived, etc
  • Post details of changes on your social media accounts
  • Provide a press release with details to your local media outlets

Phone Messages

  • What's the library's status? Are you closed? Hours changed?
  • Have you changed checkout times or late fees?
  • Can patrons still return books?
  • Is there no one to answer the phone at all, can they still reach someone, or is there a different number to call?


  • Do you need to suspend holds?
  • Are you extending checkouts?


  • Do you need to notify anyone that you cannot send or receive ILL requests?

Program Changes

  • If the library remains open, post fliers announcing canceled programs around the building
  • Remove or update event listings on your website to reflect cancelation
  • Check your social media channels for any scheduled posts promoting canceled programs
  • Post information on cancelations on social media channels


  • If the building is closed, do you need to suspend mail delivery?
  • Do you have outstanding orders for books or other items? Do they need to be cancelled?

Providing Resources Online

Identify your existing digital resources - Don't forget resources provided through the State Library!

Identify free resources you want to feature

Consider scheduling out digital materials to feature on social media each day is an easy-to-use free graphic design tool that can be use to create graphics to use for promotion on your website and social media

Programming Resources

Virtual Storytimes Guidelines - Courtesy of Washoe County Library. Includes publisher/copyright permissions information.

Youth Services resources (aggregated by the Idaho Library Commission)  An editable Google Doc. Includes tabs for streaming storytimes, family resources, self care sites, and social media.

Youth Programming Goes Virtual: Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities and More - WebJunction compilation of resources and examples for virtual programming for public libraries.

Virtual Storytime Services Guide - A collaboration of ALSC and Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

Live from the Library - Library Journal

Programming Ideas

Create an Online Reading Challenge

  • All Nevada Libraries have access to Beanstack through the Nevada State Library, which can be used to create challenges where users log reading time to win badges and even prizes. If your library does not have Beanstack set up yet, contact Sulin Jones.

Virtual Book Club

  • Host your book club by video conference! Zoom provides free personal accounts that can be used for up to 100 people for short meetings, or you can try using Google Meetngs or other available video conferencing applications.

Live Streaming

  • Storytimes and presentation-style programming can be live-streamed via Facebook live or other platforms, or recorded and posted.


Continuing Education for Library Staff

CE Calendar
Library Juice (contact Sulin to register, limited to $200 courses)
InfoPeople (contact Sulin to register, limited to $200 courses)

~WebJunction, InfoPeople, and Library Juice are funded by a federal LSTA grant


NV Division of Emergency Management – Homeland Security/Covid-19 

  • Bulletins for Public Assistance

Kelli Anderson, Emergency Management Programs Manager
Grants, Recovery & Mitigation, Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Management & the Office of Homeland Security