Providing Library Services During COVID-19

Find best practices and discover ways to provide alternative and new services to your community.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing Education Opportunities

Webinar Lists and Platforms Featuring COVID-19 Specific Content

Upcoming and Archived COVID-19 Webinars from All ALA Groups

Wyoming State Library List of COVID-19 Webinars for Librarians

GovLoop: The Knowledge Network for Government: Live trainings

TechSoup: Community Events and Webinars

Open Culture: Free Courses on the Coronavirus

Library 2.0: Libraries Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of the Community in Crisis (must make an account to view)


Individual COVID-19 Webinars and Courses

Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know Federal Depository Library Program

Keep Calm and Carry On-Maintaining Your Composure During the Coronavirus Outbreak Recorded Webinar from Workplace Options

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Course from National Institutes of Health

Preparing your Digital Branch for Increased Use Recorded Webinar from Library 2.0

Covid-19: What You Need to Know Course from Rise

Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits Recorded Webinar from TechSoup


The Reality of Covid-19 Is Hitting Teens Especially Hard Article from Wired about how the coronavirus is affecting teens.

Project READY - This is a self-paced, free, online course for library staff – both public and school. Project READY to address this existing gap in professional development opportunities for youth services library staff.


Ideas for Programming While Building is Closed

Ideas for Programming While Building is Closed

Articles and Ideas for Alternative Programming

Virtual Programming During a Pandemic --a SLJ blog post about programming for teens

Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in a COVID-19 Shutdown --Ideas from Programming Librarian

Online Storytime Resources

Tracked open access announcements from publishers and authors providing permissions for libraries to use their books in virtual storytimes and other programming

Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online from School Library Journal

Kid Lit Authors Step Up To Help Educators, Students, and Parents This School Library Journal article addresses copyright issues in virtual storytimes, as well as lists a growing number of fun resources that authors and illustrators are creating.

Streaming Storytimes (How-To) from Library Journal

Copyright Tips for Programming Librarians: Storytimes  from Programming Librarian

Miscellaneous Vitural Program Ideas For Adults

  • Online book club using Facebook or Goodreads

  • Chapter-a-day readings

  • Adult crafts

  • Cooking demonstrations

  • Digital literacy demonstrations

Free Digital Platforms for Virtual Programming

Free Digital Platforms for Virtual Programming



  • Host up to 50 participants

  • Unlimited 1 to 1 meetings

  • 40 minute limit on group meetings

  • Additional features with paid subscription

Facebook Live

Help documentation

YouTube Live

Help documentation

Library Administration During COVID-19

Library Administration During COVID-19

ALA’s Pandemic Preparedness Resources

This page provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. For additional resources, visit ALA's COVID-19 Response page. 


COVID-19, Employers, and Facilities

Department of Labor's COVID-19 and the American Workplace

CDC Guide for Employers, including cleaning recommendations

EPA's Disinfectants for Use Against Coronavirus

American Libraries article How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic March 27, 2020


Public Wi-Fi In Libraries

ALA Recommends Leaving Wifi On

Community Use of E-Rate Network Permitted

To extend Wi-Fi’s reach, move access points to a window facing the parking lot. For more help extending the outdoor reach of your Wi-Fi, you can contact Glenn Knox of the NC Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office. 

To be added to North Carolina's map of free Wi-Fi, send an email to


Other Resources

How to Keep Your Hours Current in Online Searches

Library Technology Vendor Responses to COVID-19