ASERL COVID-19 Resources for Archives and Special Collections

Created by the ASERL Special Collections Committee

Collections Care/Handling:

American Association of Museums Managing Collections Care During Pandemics

American Libraries Magazine: How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic

American Library Association Preservation Week Pandemic Resources for Handling Library Materials During a Pandemic

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Battelle, OCLC Partnership on Safe Handling and Reopening Practices for Libraries


IMLS Swift Delivery CARES Act Funding for COVID-19 Impacted Libraries

National Endowment for the Humanities CARES: Cultural Organizations

Pandemic Preparedness:

American Library Association Pandemic Preparedness

Council of State Archivists (CoSA): Pocket Response Plan for Disasters

Resources for Cultural Institutions during the Pandemic:

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts: COVID-19 Resources for Cultural Institutions

IMLS COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums

ITHAKA S+R COVID-19 Resources for Higher Education and Academic Libraries

Smithsonian Institute Cultural Rescue Initiative: COVID-19 Resource Hub

Wyoming State Library: A Guide to COVID-19 for Libraries

Yale University Preservation and Conservation: COVID-19 Resources

Reopening Scenarios:

American Association for State and Local History: Conversations, Planning for Reopening ($10)

American Libraries Magazine: Developing Re-opening Guidelines and Procedures

Business Financial Advisory: A Return to Work in the New Normal

Inside Higher Education: 15 Reopening Scenarios

Phased Reopening Plan for Libraries as COVID-19 Restrictions are Lifted by John Alan Thill (

Protect Library Workers: Safe Reopening

REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project


IMLS: Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based Circulation and Other Collections

Indiana State Library Webinar Resources for Libraries

Further Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Alert via WhatsApp