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Coronavirus Resources

Last Updated: August 7, 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 with feedback or suggested content.

Faces on the Front Line

    Wichita Faces August 7

    Wichita Public Library

    The library congratulates a young patron, Isaac, for completing 1,000 books before kindergarten!

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    Pittsburgh Faces August 7

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

    In celebration of Summer Reading, the library teamed up with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the city to give away books to kids and teens at the Magee Recreation Center in Greenfield!

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    Toledo Faces August 7

    Toledo Lucas County Public Library

    The library partnered with the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank to distribute boxes of assorted shelf-stable food and produce at various library locations.

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    Toronto Faces August 7

    Toronto Public Library

    Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell visited one of temporary food banks established at Toronto Public Library branches this week. During the pandemic, over 30,000 people have been served by these food banks, created through a partnership between the library and North York Harvest Food Bank.

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    Broward Faces August 7

    Broward County Library

    The library’s walk-up/drive-thru services offer contract-free pickup for patrons.

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    Regina Faces August 7

    Regina Public Library

    Patrons enjoy having the opportunity to be at the library on a Saturday again!

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    Sfpl Faces August 7

    San Francisco Public Library

    This Parkside librarian creates awesome programs for teens and has been working hard with SFPL staff at San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to keep the community healthy and fed.

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    Cedar Rapids Faces August 7

    Cedar Rapids Public Library

    The library’s curbside pickup process is a safe and no-contact service available at both locations.

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    COVID-19 Resources for Libraries

      Situation Overviews

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      Public Health Agency of Canada

      COVID Tracking Project

      Situation Updates

      Public Health Agency of Canada

      World Health Organization


      Bloomberg Philanthropies and National League of Cities

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      Education Week

      New York Times


      U.S. Chamber of Commerce

      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


      Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security


      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




      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

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      Hesperian Health Guides

      World Health Organization

      ULC Member Resource Pages

      Going Forward from the Pandemic Initiative

      ULC's Going Forward from the Pandemic Initiative is an unprecedented effort to mobilize ULC's entire member community to establish new models, techniques and approaches that can help all libraries lead their communities into a stronger post-pandemic future. This initiative's work is being led by six action teams, comprised of over 90 total leaders from ULC libraries, who are focused on identifying immediate ways that all libraries can overcome key challenges in the COVID-19 era.

      Learn more by visiting our initiative web page.

      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.