Academic Libraries and COVID-19

The ACRL Board of Directors affirms the statement that ALA and the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA) have made regarding library services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We strongly urge the closure of in-person services at academic and research libraries. In alignment with ALA and with APA, we also urge libraries to ensure that all library workers receive fully paid leave, including health coverage, while libraries are closed.

We are committed to providing resources and support for library workers to navigate these challenging times. We have scheduled free webcasts on topics related to moving the work of academic libraries online, and we will continue to work with ALA, ACRL members, and others to develop useful tools.

We encourage you to complete the Academic Library Response to COVID-19 survey developed by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign) and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg (Ithaka S+R).  This survey helps us all to have a better understanding of how libraries are dealing with the pandemic.

We are striving to support ACRL members in this challenging time. Please watch ACRL Insider for additional information, and feel free to share your ideas, concerns, and questions with us at