IRO | COVID-19 and libraries


COVID-19 Resources and updates   |      Recursos sobre COVID-19

As the COVID 19 virus continues to spread across the globe and increase in many countries, we know that you are working however you can support your communities. The International Relations Office has compiled a list of resources and updates from libraries around the world concerning COVID-19. We invite you to add resources to this page. Please send all information to

Press Releases:

IFLA Statement 
ALA Statement
ALA American Libraries







Key Developments Affecting Libraries  

Coping in the time of COVID-19 (American Libraries)


How to protect yourself when using Zoom

Stay safe online


 Thursday, June 25, 2020 / 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Join us for a webinar in the Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series, Regulating the Use of Technology to Combat COVID-19. In this entry, Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley will discuss legislation in foreign countries that allows using “electronic means” to assess the general adherence to confinement measures and to stop the spread of COVID-19. This discussion is based on research undertaken by the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. The webinar will highlight the different approaches that countries have taken with regard to location tracking and contact tracing and address privacy and data protection concerns. To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.


Past COVID-19 webinars

In late 2019, the world started to hear about a novel coronavirus and was soon announced as a global pandemic creating many challenges, including Libraries. Libraries had to act fast in addressing global pandemic preparedness and planning to reopen. Reopening during a global pandemic requires preparation that includes safe reopening policies and practices that best protect library workers and its patrons. This webinar series will help us to learn from libraries in Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia on how they addressed and are currently addressing the reopening of libraries during the challenging time of COVID-19. To register, please visit the IRRT Webinars page.


The University of the West Indies Mona Library invites you to a free live webinar and discussion, "Agility and Adaptability: The Caribbean Academic Library Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recording:



Recursos sobre COVID-19


REFORMA: Webinar Serving Spanish Speakers in Covid-19 Times

ALA: Declaración en apoyo de las bibliotecas y los trabajadores de la biblioteca
IFLA: Recursos clave para la respuesta de las bibliotecas a la pandemia del coronavirus
ICOLC: Declaración de la Coalición Internacional de Consorcios de Bibliotecas (ICOLC) sobre la pandemia mundial COVID-19 y su impacto en los servicios y recursos de la biblioteca

Curso en línea para niños sobre el Covid-19

COVID-19 y el Sector Bibliotecario Global

¿Cómo las bibliotecas pueden extender sus servicios durante las cuarentenas?

Biblioteca Digital colaborativa información sobre COVID-19 y temas relacionados

Información sobre el coronavirus

Las bibliotecas públicas responden al COVID-19

De bibliotecas digitales a juegos: los recursos para estudiar desde casa



"Programas educativos en Bibliotecología: retos y visiones frente al COVID-19" (Organizado por el Colegio Nacional de Bibliotecarios, A.C., México)

"Bibliotecas Mexicanas ante el COVID-19: experiencias y retos"

Campaña #AislamientoInformado: "Si la noticia es fake, no le des forward"

España: la Red de Bibliotecas Académicas ha preparado una página de recursos


Noticias y artículos:

Estados Unidos: Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades Recursos para COVID-19

Bibliotecas en Argentina:

Biblioteca argentina reparte libros: