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Coronavirus Resources

Last Updated: May 29, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly transforming 21st-century life and the strong community leadership of public libraries is more essential now than ever. This page provides information and tools to help libraries navigate new challenges and fulfill their role as essential community leaders for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

The resources included on this page are not comprehensive, and we will be making updates on an ongoing basis. Please email crogers@urbanlibraries.org with feedback or suggested content.

Faces on the Front Line

    Ipl Faces

    The Indianapolis Public Library

    Staff members provide a video overview of what patrons can expect with the library’s new curbside pickup service.

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    Tampa Faces

    Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

    Library staff members have been activated to fulfill emergency roles for Hillsborough County. Eric, Tony, Kris and Dè Shaun are working to organize and distribute emergency medical supplies.

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    East Baton Rouge Faces

    East Baton Rouge Parish Library

    A staff member welcomes the library’s first patron at the new River Center Branch. Like all EBRPL libraries, it’s not yet open to the public, but customers can still pick up books at the cafe window.

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    Lapl Street Fleet

    Los Angeles Public Library

    LAPL’s Street Fleet, which is stationed in the community and drives daily to parks, schools and senior citizen centers, picked up $1,000 worth of books to distribute to those in need.

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    San Diego Faces

    San Diego Public Library

    Staff prepare to offer contactless curbside pickup service to patrons in San Diego.

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    Oakland Public Faces

    Oakland Public Library

    Staff members prepare to hand out food from Alameda County Food Bank to patrons at the West Oakland Branch.

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    Alameda Faces

    Alameda County Library

    Division Director Brian Edwards displays face mask extenders made for patrons and staff using 3-D printers in the library’s Archimedes MakerSpace. Over 1,600 have been printed and distributed.

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    COVID-19 Resources for Libraries

      Situation Overviews

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      Public Health Agency of Canada

      Situation Updates

      Public Health Agency of Canada

      World Health Organization

      Maps

      Bloomberg Philanthropies and National League of Cities

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      Education Week

      New York Times

      NPR

      World Health Organization

      Explaining the Virus to Youth

      Brains On!

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      New York Times

      National Association of School Psychologists

      NPR Morning Edition

      PBS Kids

      Resources for Businesses

      American Industrial Hygiene Association

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      IRS

      Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

      OSHA

      Public Health Agency of Canada

      U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


      Resources for Parents and Educators

      American Federation of Teachers

      American Libraries Live

      Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

      Digital Promise

      Hoopla

      InsideSEL

      NASA

      National Education Association

      STEM Learning Ecosystems

      U.S. Department of Agriculture

      2020 Census
      Mental Health

      American Psychological Association

      Anxiety and Depression Association of America

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      National Child Traumatic Stress Network

      Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

      World Health Organization

      Sanitation of Spaces and Materials
      FAQs

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      Hesperian Health Guides

      World Health Organization

      ULC Member Resource Pages

      ULC Knowledge Center Resources

      ULC members can access sample policies, planning documents and messaging examples provided by peer libraries by visiting the ULC Knowledge Center.