Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Public Libraries Responding to COVID-19 – Complete the Survey

Libraries across the province are quickly adapting to serve your communities from a distance. Since March 13, we’ve been gathering data from public libraries to learn more about how the pandemic has impacted your programming, staffing and more so that we can share insights with the Ministry. We’ve heard both about the innovations of public libraries:

  • Arranging digital library card renewals
  • Increasing access to digital collections – including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and e-learning platforms as well as access to music, movies and more
  • Performing or posting virtual story times for children
  • Coordinating phone check-in service to extend service and to mitigate isolation
  • Supporting local social services partners, like food banks.

We’ve also heard about the impact on library workers, with 92% of libraries reporting that staff are adapting to working at a distance, 80% investing in staff professional development, and 46% of libraries reporting that they have made the difficult decision to temporarily lay off staff.

We want to know more about what that looks like in each of your communities, and how that response is changing over time. Please take a few minutes to share information about how your library is adapting during this period of closure.

Complete the Public library responses to COVID-19 Survey

See the full survey responses