PLA Resources on COVID-19

The PLA Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing information on the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members. We have compiled some information below to consider as your library, community, and family respond to the crisis. If you have information you think would be helpful to add, please email pla@ala.org.

NOTE: This page contains links to third parties and to material developed and promoted by others. PLA does not assert that the included links are relevant and/or useful or are a complete list.


Free Webinar Series about COVID-19

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Free Webinar SeriesPublic Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Free Webinar Series
Thursday, March 26–Thursday, April 16, 2020

PLA is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members and others working in public libraries. Join PLA for this new, free webinar series featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other. These webinars are free, but separate registration for each live webinar is required. More…


COVID-19 Response Survey

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Survey of Response & Activities
One challenge national library organizations are hearing from our members, policymakers, and the media is an information gap related to public library response and activities during the current COVID-19 crisis. We hope library directors (or their designees) will help us to fill this gap by completing this survey.


From ALA and PLA

From Our Library Partners

From Health Authorities

  • A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries (February 27, 2020): This resource from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine includes helpful links to the CDC, World Health Organization, and National Institutes of Health.

  • Free Handwashing Posters from the CDC.

  • Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.

Sharing and Learning from Others

For Self-Care, Suggested by the PLA Social Worker Task Force

  • Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety: An interactive and up-to-date resource from Mental Health America and Shine, with free meditations, information on isolation, and how to structure your day. It also has tips on how to talk to children about the virus.

  • The Science of Well-Being: A free, structured online learning course with videos and readings, where you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Offered by Yale University.

  • The Happiness Lab: A podcast by Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos (of The Science of Well-Being course) that will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Resource Guide: This COVID-19 resource document addresses questions about anxiety, health insurance, losing a loved one, and more.

  • Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: This tip sheet from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help."