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COVID-19 Resources

This page contains general information on the pandemic, resources for families, resource guides for library staff including youth services and programming librarians, information on working from home, and more.

This resource is created through a partnership between the California Library Association and California State Library. We encourage California library staff to submit additional resources and resource categories and to share the page with colleagues.

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General COVID-19 Resources 

California State Library COVID-19 page with links to California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization

ALA Resources

Pandemic Preparedness

COVID-19 resource Federal Relief Package Supports Libraries:

Libraries Respond: Combating Xenophobia and Fake News in light of COVID-19: This page includes selected resources for sharing the facts and examples of how libraries are interrupting not only the spread of misinformation but also related racism and xenophobia -

Institute of Museum and Library Services

COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums: Resources made available by organizations serving the museum and library communities -

Public Library Association

PLA Resources on COVID-19: Information on the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members -

The EveryLibrary Institute hosted a webinar on How To Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation.  

Now you can watch the webinar on-demand for free

EveryLibrary’s Resources for Libraries on Coronavirus  (Includes link to the National Library of Medicine’s Continuity of Operations Planning  free course)

Urban Libraries

San Diego Law Library

Information on legal topics impacted by the pandemic including health, employment, housing, benefits, utilities, consumer debt, businesses, quarantine information, contract claims, taxes, legal deadlines, and scams -

Library of Congress Coronavirus Resource Guide

This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. We are also including links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that provide information to Congress about the novel coronavirus.-

Engage! resources which include

1. For Kids: Dav Pilkey At Home - Each Friday, in partnership with Scholastic, the Library will launch a short video of Dav Pilkey drawing, reading aloud, and following his mantra—Always Be Creative! Check here and on the Library’s social media channels for the latest video.
2. For Book Lovers: Best of the National Book Festival - Each weekday, the Library will feature an author appearance from the past 20 years of the National Book Festival on the National Book Festival blog. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: children and teen authors.
3. For Educators: Online Office Hours - Join Library of Congress education specialists for a 20-minute topical presentation followed by Q&A. Join a live session and learn about upcoming topics. Sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern.

UCLA School of Law

Legal Responses to COVID-19:

San Francisco Public Library 

COVID fact sheets in Spanish, English, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese

Pledge to stand with APALA and their statement against xenophobia and racism towards Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans due to the spread of the novel coronavirus

Center for Disease Control

Includes “Steps to prevent the spread of COVID 19 if you are sick”

World Health Organization

Coronavirus Disease Pandemic

Includes “When and how to use masks”

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

Quarantine Librarianship: Best Practices: Your Library’s Temporary Emergency Page

Library 2.0 Pandemic Resources

#LibrariesStrong  Twitter feed

ESRI Arc GIS maps about COVID


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA): COVID-19 and the Global Library Field


Resources for readers 

Tips on holding a digital book club

Audible (for as long as schools are closed, we’re open)

An app and website for organizing a book club

Including: tips on book club and social distancing:

Project Gutenberg Library: free ebooks (public domain—classics)

Politics and Prose Bookstore: Live, online events with authors

Internet Archive has suspended wait lists on their 1.4M-large lending library, now called theNational Emergency Library. No hold queue through June 30 or the end of the national emergency, “whichever is later”.

Community Resources 

 Career Visioning  - These resources were created to help students, job seekers, career changers, and those seeking greater work/ life satisfaction.  

Jamie Beck started a podcast and featured a few library resources:  There is also a Facebook page with videos to help the unemployed and underemployed

PlaneTree Health Library -
Information researched by their medical librarian and provided for community members to help make their best choices for their own health and the health of their families and neighbors during this crisis.


Resources for families 

Updated live list of educational companies offering free resources:

Scholastic Learn at Home is providing lots of free activities you can share with your patrons.

LibGuide  that pulls a number of resources into one place.

Environmental education at home, from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Collection of Family & Caregiver Homeschooling Resources from the Washington State Library

Collection of Education Resources for Out-of-School Learning from the North Dakota State Library

The Journal: List of free resources from educational technology companies

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter with activities and tips

Resources/activities made available for free during COVID19

Resources for Families during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Find live author readings and other streamed storytime events on this calendar .

Storyline Online offers books read by celebs which are free to share.  These could be posted on your library social media pages.

The Facebook group Storytime Underground has compiled a  list of authors and what they are offering here .   There are also other suggestions on tabs in this document—check it out!  It is being continuously updated.  Joining the group Storytime Underground or the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook is another way to see the latest information being shared.

Check your local library for online storytime and ideas for children. See examples at:  

San Bruno Library’s Storytime YouTube channel

Santa Barbara Library: Links to online read-alongs

Smithsonian resources: How to Talk with Children about COVID-19. An early childhood education expert provides tips about how to explain the ongoing pandemic to children - 

Vermont School Library Association: Curated, comprehensive list by public librarians and educators.  If students need to be at home, let’s keep them learning! Comprehensive list of authors and storytellers doing online storytime.


For library staff 

School Library Journal: updated publishers’ policies for online storytimes

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies: Carrie Russell's Article on Fair Use (Online Story Times)musings regarding virtual programming and copyright concerns

Publisher Guidelines on Fair Use for Online Storytimes & Read-Alouds During COVID-19 School Closures, collected by Kate Messner

COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Staff (Part 1)

Resources for youth services staff collected by the Connecticut State Library

Youth Services Resources from the Colorado State Library:

Here is a link with a bunch of digital escape rooms in it plus step by step to making your own:

Here’s the Hogwarts (if you missed it before):

Here’s the Dogman with guest star Pete the Cat (if you missed it)

And to make your own escape rooms in the library, here is a free webinar link from ALA:

Teen Librarian Toolbox:  A Roundup of Pandemic Resources for Librarians, Teachers and the Parents That We Serve   

COVID-19 and OCLC Services

Information about providing public WiFi from FCC (confirming existing order)

Information from Comcast

Information from Charter (Spectrum)

Information from EBSCO

Information from Gale

Please see the two links below that include a support site and the OPEN ACCESS site.

Kirkus Media: Kirkus is providing free access to its digital magazine, so library staff can try to stay abreast of their orders and what will be coming out.

The School of Library and Information Science and Public Libraries 2030: Experts from around the world, talking with the Univ. of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, variety of topics, all free.


Resources on working from home 

A curated set of continuing education resources from the Idaho State Library

ALSC member resources now available to non-members

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Free webinar series from PLA

Center for Workplace Mental Health (American Psychiatric Association Foundation) 

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health and Well-Being

Google Hangouts rolling out free access to their advanced video-conferencing capabilities

GoToMeetings – Emergency Remote Work Kits

How to Use Google Hangouts YouTube video

How to Zoom – Free Video Conferencing & Virtual Meetings YouTube video

Zoom website

Wyoming State Library’s national listing  of upcoming and past continuing education activities.

Infopeople archived trainings , including recent Infopeople  webinars  about social-emotional learning, early childhood services, grant project planning, bookmobiles, and more. 

WebJunction  offers library trainings archived. 

Library 2.0  Become a member, free, and some trainings are free. View the March 2020 online conference  Wholehearted Librarian .

Southeast Collaborative online library conference archived

Although you’ll have to avoid offerings limited to in-state audiences, check resources at  Oregon State Library Delaware State Library Colorado State Library South Carolina State Library ,

and  Idaho Commission for Libraries  (check out their basic staff competencies training!) also provide some great learning opportunities open to anyone. The Alaska State Library offers a LibGuide on Professional Development Resources for Public Librarians .

Health reference online course  from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Library pay policies during closures: live Google sheet: