Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic


A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. The following information and resources are meant to assist libraries, institutions, and archives during a pandemic. Some of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness. Please visit this page frequently as it is continuously being updated with new information as the COVID-19 situation develops. Please note that this page was last updated in March 2020. We are working on adding new information as it becomes available.

COVID-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources
Video from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) that provides the basics for cleaning and handling cultural resource materials

COVID-19 Resources from EBSCO
Provides free resources and expanded access to content to help support institutions

Disinfecting Circulating Books and Other Collections
Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)'s recommendations for disinfecting books and other materials

Pandemic Preparedness Resources from the American Library Association (ALA)
Provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention, and preparation, including the ALA Statement on COVID-19

Additional Resources and Recommendations

The following recommendations are from the Preservation Administrators Discussion Group of the American Library Association (PADG). 

The following are articles about the COVID-19 pandemic that libraries, library workers, museums, archives, and archivists will find useful: