ALA COVID-19 Recovery Website

COVID-19 Recovery: Making connections during crisis and plotting a path to reopening. Illustration of city with people alone and in small groups engaging with books and other media

Strong libraries — and a well-supported library workforce — are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection of tools, developed and updated by units across the American Library Association, will help communities, library workers, and library supporters plot the best course forward for their libraries.

Advocacy & Policy

Learn about funding opportunities for recovery efforts and what you can do to advocate for your library at the local, state, and federal level.

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Explore our free educational resources for library professionals covering a wide range of topics related to navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

Data & Research

Gain insight from the latest research about the impacts of COVID-19 on libraries, library staff, and the work of serving your community.

Guidance Content & Protocols

Get up-to-date information on protecting library staff and your community as you plan for reinstating a full range of library services and programs.

“Libraries are places of learning and connection for all ages and backgrounds, so this crisis has challenged us to work creatively to adapt services while our facilities are closed. From bridging the digital divide to addressing learning loss to aiding job seekers and small businesses, we know library services are essential to campus and community recovery and resilience.”

— ALA Immediate Past President Wanda Brown