Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Libraries
Information will be added as the situation for libraries, statewide services and Maine citizens develop and evolve.
MSL- Continuing Statewide Conversations
Time: August 31, 2021 03:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Monthly or every 4 weeks
Other meetings may be scheduled as needed.
Archived meetings are in the column to the right.
The U.S. CDC has issued Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (July 27, 2021)
Tracking Community Transmission and COVID Threat Status
- Current U.S. CDC Face Covering Recommendations for Maine - from Maine.gov COVID 19 Response webpage
- Bangor Daily News - How Maine counties compare with the U.S. CDC's recommended mask-wearing threshold
- U.S. CDC - COVID-19 Integrated County View ( Maps, charts, and data provided by CDC, updates daily by 8 pm ET)
- New York Times - Tracking Coronavirus in Maine: Latest Map and Case Count
- COVID-19: Maine Data - Case Trends
- COVID-19 Vaccination Rates for Youth by School/District
- Weekly Wednesday Maine CDC Briefings
General Guidance from Maine DECD (May 25, 2021)
General Guidance from Maine DECD (May 25, 2021) [PDF, 96 KB]
Moving Maine Forward Plan: A plan to protect public health and support Maine’s economy (May 25, 2021)
Recent Executive Orders and Communications
Executive Order May 19, 2021: Repeal Certain Face Covering Requirements
May 14, 2021 Governor Mills announcement - Maine to Adopt U.S. CDC’s New COVID-19 Guidance
Executive Order May 13, 2021: Amends Indoor Gathering and In-Store Customer Limits
May 13, 20021 U.S. CDC guidance: Masking and physical distancing guidance for vaccinated people
Choosing Safer Activities Chart for posting (U.S. CDC) [PDF]
Update: Maine Library Commission approved COVID-19 Prevention Checklist: Public Library Guidance (Updated May 18, 2021)
On May 24 Maine will adopt the US CDC Guidance for vaccinated people regarding masks and physical distancing. It was also noted that Maine checklists will be winding down and replaced by the guidance from the U.S. CDC. Maine is in the process of retiring checklists and will be referring to U.S, CDC guidance. The U.S. CDC Guidance has not yet been updated. Libraries would likely fall under Community Based Organizations (CBO) dated April 19. The Maine Library Commission will retain a copy of the May 18th Public Library Checklist for libraries to use as needed. Maine Executive orders and U.S. CDC guidance is in effect for libraries to follow. MSL will not be updating the Public Library Checklist but will also look to guidance from the Maine DECD and U.S. CDC to help guide libraries.
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.
Libraries - Open/Closed Status
We have discontinued tracking library open/closed status. Pleasse use the regular Changes to Library Infromation Form to reflect current days/hours open.
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.
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
MSL Zoom Meeting Recording Archives
Community Engagement, Advocacy and the COVID Economy (December 1, 2020)
Coronavirus Conversation (September 22, 2020) Chat text (available later)
Coronavirus Conversation (April 29, 2020) Chat Text (edited file)
Governor Janet Mills - Executive Orders
May 8 -
Governor Mills Introduces Rural Reopening Plan
April 29 - Stay Safer at Home
April 10 - Update to In-Store Gathering Numbers
March 24-An Order Regarding Essential Businesses and Operations
Review March 24 and other COVID-19 documents from Governor Mills
MSL Official Guidance and Listserv Communications:
Maine State Library: Minimal Operations Guidance - PDF
Maine State Library Statement on Curbside and Home Delivery Lending - PDF
Reschedule Time of March 24 Zoom (March 24, 2020)
Interlibrary Loan and Van delivery (March 16, 2020)
Update – Libraries: Addressing Coronavirus (March 12, 2020)
Maine CDC - Coronavirus Updates and daily Briefings