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Pandemic resources

Suggested procedures and links related to pandemic response for public libraries
Pandemic resources

We are doing our best to update this page frequently.  See more resources under the "resources" tab of our website.

The following are resources you may find helpful as you receive questions concerning Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) or discuss policies and procedures in your local community. 

July 29, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-161, rescinding EO 2020-145, but library information remains the same.  Executive Order 2020-160 is the Amended Safe Start Order.

July 10, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-145, superceding EO 114, updating requirements for reopening of different sectors, with libraries along with retail.  Also, Executive Order 2020-147 was issued requiring individuals to wear face covering over their nose and mouth in enclosed public spaces.

June 1, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-110, opening libraries as of June 8, 2020 statewide (as they are ready), referring to the instruction for retail in Executive Order 2020-97, now superseded by Executive Order 2020-114.

May 7, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-77 along with a detailed PowerPoint presentation

NEW: MCDA Reopening Considerations for Public Libraries

April 30, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-69, keeping libraries closed through May 28th

April 24, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-59, rescinding 2020-42, extending stay at home order through May 15th

April 9, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-42, rescinding 2020-21, extending stay at home order through April 30th.

March 23, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-21 - stay at home and also interpretation for public libraries by Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift

March 19, 2020 - Library of Michigan compilation of resources including Library Boards and Decision Making

March 17, 2020 - Map to find meals for children during school closure

March 17, 2020 - American Library Association statement on closing libraries

March 16, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-10 regarding expansion of unemployment during state/national pandemic emergency.

March 16, 2020 - Governor issues Executive Order 2020-9 directing the temporary closure of many public places (bars, restaurants, theaters, museums, etc.) including public libraries. See the press release here.

March 14, 2020 - MLA Recommends the Closure of All Michigan Public Libraries -

March 13, 2020 - Library of Michigan - Remote Attendance and the Open Meetings Act ; Library Boards and Emergency Decision Making

March 13, 2020 - MDHHS announces statewide hotline to address COVID-19 health questions -,9753,7-406-98158-521674--,00.html

March 13, 2020 - MDE Granted Federal Waiver for Meals to be Served During Closure -,9753,7-406-98158-521667--,00.html

March 13, 2020 - Secretary Benson: Branch Operations Will Move to Appointment-Only for Three Weeks -,9753,7-406-98158-521661--,00.html

March 12, 2020 - Governor Whitmer Announces Statewide Closure of All K-12 School Buildings; School building closures will last Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5 -,9753,7-406-98158-521561--,00.html

March 11, 2020 Memo from MDE, MDHHS 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MDHHS -
• You can find information here about what Michigan is doing to address coronavirus. Included are fact sheets and handouts you can use in your libraries and provide for the public. These are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. (English language handout  • You can also find a link on this site to connect you with your local health department.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC – What you Should Know; Situation Updates and Information for Communities can all be found on this site. The CDC also has free communication resources including video, fact sheets and posters for use and distribution. They also have Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

OSHA Guidance Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 –

Travel Guidance -

National Network of Libraries of Medicine - A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries -

MCLS Coronavirus/COVID-19 response information

Kent District Library, KDL – KDL created an internal policy document addressing their building environment, public and staff considerations. See this document here:   Seattle Public Library director’s message

Global Health Information & Resources – Research guide from the University of Michigan Library with links to relevant resources -

Additional resources of interest to public libraries providing resources to their patrons can be found here:
Library Journal – What Public Libraries Need to Know About the Coronavirus -

American Library Association pandemic preparedness:  

We suggest you stay connected to your local health departments for updates and recommendations.  And, see more resources on our reference page.