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Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Home

Updated information, professional development, and resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.

ALA and ACRL are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. Now more than ever, academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars. This resource guide was created by ACRL to support the academic and research library community during global public health crises. The guide features resources for distance education and engagement, free professional development resources, best practices, and up-to-date information from public health officials.

ALA Statement on Library Closures

The ALA Executive Board unequivocally stands in support of the safety and well-being of library workers and the communities we serve, To protect library workers and their communities from exposure to COVID-19 in these unprecedented times, we strongly recommend that academic, public and school library leaders and their trustees and governing bodies evaluate closing libraries to the public and only reopening when guidance from public health officials indicates the risk from COVID-19 has significantly subsided. 

Read the full statement on the ALA website.

ACRL Statement on Academic Libraries and COVID-19

The ACRL Board of Directors affirms the statement that ALA and the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA) have made regarding library services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board strongly urge the closure of in-person services at academic and research libraries. In alignment with ALA and with APA, we also urge libraries to ensure that all library workers receive fully paid leave, including health coverage, while libraries are closed.

Read the full statement on ACRL Insider.

Source: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Source: COVID-19 Risk Levels by Harvard Global Health Institute