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Libraries and COVID-19

A place for Alaska library staff and their communities to find resources and support

What is the status of Alaska's libraries?

As of September 2020, most libraries in Alaska are open. Some are have limits on hours and/or capacity. Few are offering in-person public programming, but many are offering virtual programming and a few have partnered with local radio stations to broadcast programming. Contact your local library directly for their status. See the State of Alaska COVID-19 in Alaska page for coronavirus resources and current health updates.

Operating your library

Operating your library during a pandemic is difficult. We’ve gathered some resources that we hope will help you navigate the frequently changing pandemic environment.

Collections Handling

Research on quarantine times for library materials

Working safely and remotely

Building Your Skills Online

Status of Statewide Library Services

  • #800 Reference ILL – Functioning normal hours, though would be much better to use email of than the #800 number.
  • Alaska Digital Library – Functioning normally. eBooks and audiobooks, powered by OverDrive 
  • Alaska Library Network – Functioning normally. Strengthening libraries through effective collaboration  
  • Alaska Mail Services – Functioning normally. Alaska Mail Services offers a full complement of library services by mail and online to Alaska residents living remotely, contact us to apply.
  • Online With Libraries (OWL) - Functioning normally. Additional capability added via Zoom in July 2020.
  • Ready to Read Alaska – LIMITED service. Book kits unavailable as long as the Anchorage Public Library closed. Limited trainings available on RRAK YouTube channel
  • Talking Book Center – Functioning with possible delays -The Alaska Talking Book Center (TBC) continues to process applications from staff working off site. Our Utah partners continue to send out cartridges and provide reader's advisory, but this is a great time to consider using downloadable audio books through BARD.  Contact or 1-800-453-4293 to sign up! 

Virtual LAM Events & Free Video Programming for Libraries

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