Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Libraries

Information will be added as the situation for libraries, statewide services and Maine citizens develop and evolve.

MSL- Statewide Conversations

Continuing Conversations - ARPA and Coronavirus

Day and Time: Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021 03:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 913 8817 0107

Archived meeting are in the column to the right.

Maine Library Commission approved COVID-19 Prevention Checklist: Public Library Guidance (May 20, 2020; Updated January 15, 2021)

Public Library Guidance - Draft Update sent to Maine Library Commission for review.

Quarantine Survey Results - March 23, 2021 (PDF) Idividual responses - anonymized (XLS)

Quarantine Survey Results-Summary- January 19, 2021 (PDF)


Public Library SOP Guidance for COVID-19 Workplace Infection

Considerations and metrics libraries can use to formulate a pandemic service plan

Quarantine and Van Delivery Guidance -see Public Library Guidance

Webinar Recording and Slides: De-escalating Difficult COVID Conversations

Webinar Recording and Slides - HR During COVID

REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums)

The REALM Research project is being conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to produce science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate COVID-19 exposure to staff and visitors of archives, libraries, and museums.

Research and links; Webinars Libraries Toolkit

Libraries - Open/Closed Status

Please use this new reporting form to report your current closure status. Use the PDF to find your library's ID#.

Viewable web display of public library closure status, staffing and services. The status of your library as open or closed will change as you update this form.

March 5, 2021 Library Building Status: Excel file with latest submitted information from libraries.

Request Cotton Masks - Please fill out a request form.

These cotton masks obtained from MEMA come in packages of 5 and can be used bylibrary staff or made available to patrons. The Maine State Library has a supply of 5,000 to distribute. Info about masks program can be found at the Public Health Emergency website.

Guidance on Contact Tracing (June 24, 2020)

"Libraries should not feel compelled to gather data from patrons entering the building for contact tracing purposes unless a library staff person has been in close proximity (less than 6 ft.) of a patron or vendor
for more than 15 minutes." Read more in the PDF.

Open WIFI Initiative

MSL encourages public libraries to open their password protected WIFI, or broadlay share their password and make efforts to make sure your signal works outside your building but on your property (e-rate rules).

Study-From-Car Hotspots -NetworkMaine/MSLN Wireless Initiative for Schools and Libraries to open wireless outside the building

Add your library to the map. Note: You need to know your SSID to complete this form.

WIFI Extender Information (contact Jared Leadbetter for more information)

Handling Mail

Guidance from WHO, CDC and USPS

Working at Home Resources

Task List for Library Staff Working at Home (complied by Lisa Shaw)

Email Janet McKenney with suggestions for additional content