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COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Resources for Libraries

Updated: September 26, 2020

Updates | Public Health | Reopening | Materials Handling | Library Services | Mental Health


Public Health

Government of Canada

COVID-19 outbreak update | Take a self-assessment | Testing | Symptoms and treatment | Prevention and risks | Non-medical masks | Quarantine (self-isolate) and isolate | Recent flights with potential COVID-19 exposure | Vaccines and drugs | More information…


Cases in Alberta | Symptoms and testing | Assess your severe illness risk | Isolation requirements | Help prevent the spread | Masks | Gatherings and cohorts | Public health orders | More information…

British Columbia

About COVID-19 | Prevention & Risks | Self-Isolation | Testing | Self-Assessment | Provincial Health Officer orders | More information…


COVID-19 Updates | Protecting Manitobans | More information…

New Brunswick

News and updates | About COVID-19 | Self-assessment | Prevention | COVID-19 questions answered | More information…

Newfoundland and Labrador

Updates | COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment | Prepare and Prevent | Contact Tracing for COVID-19 | Physical Distancing | COVID-19 Self-Assessment | More information…

Northwest Territories

COVID-19 Update | About COVID-19 | Diagnosed with COVID-19 | Getting Tested for COVID-19 | NWT Online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool | Prevention | Social Distancing | More information…

Nova Scotia

Alerts, news and data | Avoiding infection | Symptoms and testing | Mental health and wellbeing | More information…


More information…


Updates | Get the facts about COVID-19covid 19 | Stay home | Practise physical distancing | Public Health Ontario | More information…

Prince Edward Island

FAQs | Protect Yourself and Others | COVID-19 Supports and Services | Self-Isolation | Mental Health Supports | More information…


FAQs | Health recommendations for everyone | Symptoms and treatment | COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool | Self-care Guide | Self-isolating instructions | More information…


Updates | About COVID-19 | Self Assessment Tool | Testing Information | Self-Monitoring | Self-Isolation | Public Health Measures | More information…


Updates | Your health | Potential COVID-19 exposure notices | Symptoms of COVID-19 and testing | COVID-19 self-assessment tool | More information…

World Health Organization (WHO)



Alberta’s relaunch strategy | Relaunch guidance documents | More information…

British Columbia

BC’s Restart Plan | K-12 Education | More information…


#RestartMB | Restoring Safe Services | More information…

New Brunswick

Recovery plan | Return to School | More information…

Newfoundland and Labrador

Alert Level System | NL Safe Schools | More information…

Northwest Territories

Emerging Wisely – Path to Eased Public Health Restrictions | More information…

Nova Scotia

Reopening Nova Scotia | Education and childcare | More information…


Nunavut’s Path | More information…


Reopening Ontario | Find out what stage your region is in | COVID-19: reopening schools | More information…

Prince Edward Island

Renew PEI, Together | Back to School 2020 | More information…


Gradual resumption of activities under the COVID-19-related pause | More information…


Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan | Safe Schools Plan | More information…


A path forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions | More information…

Materials Handling

Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle

Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)

How Do You Clean A Book?
Public Library Services Branch Manitoba

How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic
American Libraries

Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services

Covid-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Disinfecting Books and Other Collections
Northeast Document Conservation Center

Library Services

CULC Toolkit on Recovery & Reimagined Public Library Services Post COVID-19
Canadian Urban Libraries Council

COVID-19: Informational Resources for Public Libraries
Southern Ontario Library Service

Fair Dealing Guidance for Canadian Libraries During the Time of COVID-19
Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA)

Law Library Reopening Guide
Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Ontario Library Service-North, Southern Ontario Library Service, and Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Public Library Services Branch Manitoba

Resources and Information for Libraries During COVID-19
Ontario Library Association

Guidelines for Reopening Libraries During the COVID-19 Pandemic
American Library Association

Guidelines for Reopening Specialized Libraries
Special Libraries Association

Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Preparing to Reopen
Association of College and Research Libraries

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

Australian libraries responding to COVID-19
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Mental Health

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Additional Information

Additional Information For Libraries

Library Conferences and Event Updates