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Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Preparing to Reopen

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

Preparing for What Comes Next

As colleges and universities consider reopening strategies and what higher education will look like in the wake of COVID-19, academic libraries need to prepare for what comes next. ACRL is working to develop resources to help you navigate this new landscape, and has curated some outside resources below that we how you find helpful in planning for possible scenarios. We will continue to monitor the shifting landscape of post-pandemic planning and update this page accordingly. Stay tuned for additional resources from ACRL coming soon.

Advocating for Your Library

Webcast Recording

Advocating for Library Workers During Uncertain Times
Wednesday, May 13

The recent public health situation has created much uncertainty for higher education funding. Libraries are finding themselves in increasingly more complex fiscal situations, with layoffs, furloughs, and budget reductions being announced and anticipated. Our panel of library leaders from institutions of all sizes discusses practical strategies for engaging campus administrators in conversations that emphasize the importance of supporting library employees and the critical work they are doing for their students and organizations. 


  • Kristin Henrich, Associate Dean and Head for User and Research Services, University of Idaho Library
  • Devin Savage, Dean of Libraries, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Cynthia Simpson, Director of Library Services, Madonna University
  • Gary White, Senior Associate Dean, University of Maryland Libraries
  • Moderator: Cynthia Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director, Auraria Library

Returning to Campus and Reopening Your Library

Possible Futures: Planning for a Post-Pandemic World