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Designing Libraries for a Pandemic
Sample Library Reopening Plans
Public Libraries Preparing to Reopen: Examples from the Field
OCLC/WebJunction (June 25, 2020): "The examples collected here are focused on public libraries. Examples from additional types of libraries, archives, and museums will be added during Phase 2 (June – October 2020). If you have a reopening resource or plan to share, please email it to Kem Lang, email@example.com."
Sample Library Pandemic Plans
Report your library closing
MA Public Libraries -- Please complete the form below (first link). You should resubmit this form each time there is an update in your library operations. You may also contact MBLC with information about library closures, reductions in hours, and program cancelations. See info in left-hand column on this page.
Public View -- COVID-19: MA Public Library Service (MBLC)
"This is the most up to date list of public library closures in Massachusetts and any services that they are still offering to the public. In addition, all Massachusetts residents have access to online and electronic resources through the MBLC Library Portal and your local library. Staff at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will be updating this list each morning for the foreseeable future."
NOTE: MLS member libraries can obtain a library view version with additional information by contacting MBLC.
For MA Public Libraries: COVID-19 Library Closures and Services (MBLC)
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has posted this form to collect information on public library closures and alternative ways that you are providing services to your users. This is another way for you to add or to update the information about your library; it will remain open so that you may return later to report changes. Please consider completing a form even if you have already notified MBLC or MLS about your library's situation.
Public Library Closings
Crowd-sourced document maintained by Michael Sauers and Julie Erickson. View listings/map, and submit your library's info.
Tracking Library responses to COVID-19 crisis
For libraries of all types, international scope. Requires log-in to update info. Responses will appear in libraries.org directory.
Public Libraries and Reduced Operations
Minimum Number of Hours Open Per Week
NOTE: Closure due to pandemic would be considered an emergency closure.
From Minimum Standards of Free Public Library Service: "Libraries may close for renovations, emergencies, inclement weather, or for other typical reasons for closure, and still meet the Minimum Hours Open Requirement. However, a library may not close for financial reasons (i.e., closing to save utility costs or to furlough employees). If the library closes for fiscal reasons, the library will lose its certification immediately upon closure."
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.