IMLS, CDC Offer Guidance for Disinfecting Returned Library Books

“A study, published in March in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that the virus “remained active on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for two to three days under the conditions in this experiment. It remained infectious for up to 24 hours on cardboard.” A study published in The Lancet on April 2 showed “no infectious virus could be recovered from printing and tissue papers after a 3-hour incubation.”

This data can inform appropriate action, including wiping down cardboard and plastic-covered books with disinfectant wipes and leaving returned books to “quarantine” until the danger of transmission has passed.”