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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Massachusetts Libraries: What Your Library Can Do

The COVID State of Emergency declaration was ended by Governor Baker on June 15, 2021. This guide is not currently being updated.

What Your Library Can Do

Bridge the Digital Divide

Communicate that the Library is an Essential Service

  • Explore other libraries' websites for creative ideas for your website, communications, and virtual programs/services. 
  • Determine how the library can promote remote services best to your community.
  • Reach out to your local news to have your library featured.

Connect with your Colleagues

Connect with your Community

Contribute to Vaccine Equity

Ensure Access to Library Resources

  • Consider waiving fines so patrons can access e-resources regardless of account status.
  • Provide library card sign-ups for access to remote resources.
  • Provide references services via email, phone, and chat.

Expand Access to e-books, Databases, and e-resources.

Offer Virtual or Hybrid Programs

Plan Ahead

  • Research grant opportunities to support community recovery.
  • Draft a disaster preparedness plan.
  • Get your Summer Library Programs organized (collection development, scheduling, plan crafts, publicity).

Preserve Your Local History

Promote Self-Care

Serve as a Recovery Center for the Community

Provide information about Massachusetts law and COVID-19

Provide information for patrons about COVID-19, financial assistance, and mental health.

Identify opportunities for community engagement by reviewing websites and social media from your school system, town/city agencies, and local community-based organizations

Stay Up-to-Date Professionally

Support Legislative Advocacy

  • Reach out to your local legislators to ask what the library can do to help.
  • Promote that the library is providing essential services.
  • Check the MLA Engage for advocacy messages to send to your legislators.

For more ideas, check out these resources:

Digital Book Clubs

Virtual Reference Services

Resources provided are for informational purposes only, not specifically endorsed by MLS, and not meant to substitute for advice from a medical or public health professional.