Public Libraries in the Age of COVID-19



In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most local governments have decided to close their library buildings. But libraries should not be put on the bench just because their buildings are closed. Libraries are still offering critical resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many librarians are working behind the scenes to entertain, educate, and inform families from a distance. Libraries are teaching us how ‘nonessential’ services can offer essential assets to the pandemic response.[1]

Libraries around the world may have closed physical doors to their communities of users, however they are exploring alternate methods of delivering goods and services, and looking for unexpected opportunities.

When libraries closed their doors abruptly, they immediately opened their digital communications, collaborations, and creative activity to reach their public in ways as novel as the virus that forced them into it.[2]

A summary publication of life and work for lockdown libraries and library staff can be downloaded here

Here's some other examples of what's happening in Public Libraries (more will be added over time and can also be seen on the PLA Facebook page)

Bindoon Library in the Shire of Chittering, Western Australian has shared their story with us! Great work Bindoon Library - contactless pick up of physical collection items and virtual storytimes 🌟👍😊
Download the Bindoon story here:


Contactless Pick Up Packages Ready to Go!

Shire of Harvey Libraries in Western Australia! Library Takeaway Services and online Story time and Rhymetime. We love your work 🌟👍😊



Tell us how your library is offering services and community support during the current COVID-19 crisis - by contacting the PLA Executive Officer here.