In times of crisis libraries play an invaluable role in supporting their communities both in person and virtually.
Academic, public and school libraries are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and are providing library users with the resources needed to care for people whose lives have been disrupted by closures, job loss and sickness.
Despite library closures, libraries remain at the forefront of digital equity by offering digital content and remote services, accurate information and the guidance of information experts - librarians.
This press kit provides a snapshot of how libraries and the American Library Association (ALA) are responding to COVID-19 as well as relevant library facts and figures.
Media interested in speaking with ALA experts may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Communications and Marketing Office (CMO), firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Zalusky, communications specialist, CMO, email@example.com .
For information regarding COVID-19 legislative efforts please contact Shawnda Hines, assoc. director of communications, ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow #LibrariesStrong for more examples of how libraries are responding to COVID-19 .
*Map results created through a library staff crowdsourcing effort and should be viewed as anecdotal.
There is not an industry consensus on when to close a library. Libraries manage their spaces in accordance with health guidelines and local emergency response. Libraries are not required to report closures to the ALA. The above map should be viewed as a snapshot of library closures in the US and its territories.