COVID-19 - Information and Resources for Michigan Libraries

Reopening Graphics

Need a graphic to share updated library guidelines and expectations with your community? Download any of our reopening graphics for libraries. Feel free to use these on social media, your website or printed signs in your library!









During this rapidly changing situation, we are actively monitoring legislation and regulations related to COVID-19. View the latest news and announcements for the latest updates on coronavirus orders and workplace protocols as we keep you informed.

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

View the latest MDHHS Epidemic orders:,9753,7-406-98178_98455-533660--,00.html

State of Michigan

Michigan Safe Start Map and Dashboard

The State of Michigan has created a dashboard, which is available online that provides data regarding the situation in your local region and state. This dashboard uses the MERC regions. The map of the state shows a Risk Level in shades of purple and the range includes six levels from the lowest level of “Low” up to the highest level of “E”. 

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Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) General Rules Emergency Rules

Effective October 14, 2020, the legislature has declared that “all employees shall be provided safe and healthful work environments free of recognized hazards.” Employers must provide employees with “a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to the employee.

Employers are required to create a policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely. Employers shall evaluate routine and reasonably anticipated tasks and procedures and categorize into low, medium, high and very high exposure. All employers must develop, implement, and distribute/publish a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with the CDC recommendations (including handwashing, face coverings, six-foot distance, signage, etc.) Employers shall outline basic infection prevention measures for all employees and conduct health surveillance on a daily basis (including record keeping.) Employers shall provide all employees with PPE necessary to do their jobs and shall provide training to employees on the use of PPE and infection control practices

Specific to Libraries – Rule 9 Section 3: Retail stores that are open for in-store sales, as well as libraries and museums, must:

(a)  Create communications material for customers (e.g., signs or pamphlets) to inform them of changes to store practices and to explain the precautions the store is taking to prevent infection.
(b)  Require patrons to wear a face covering (unless the patron is unable medically to tolerate a face covering).
(c)  Post signs at store entrances instructing customers to wear a face covering when inside the store.
(d)  Post signs at store entrances informing customers not to enter if they are or have recently been sick.
(e)  Design spaces and store activities in a manner that encourages employees and customers to maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.
(f)  Install physical barriers at check out or other service points that require close interaction, including plexiglass barriers, tape markers, or tables.
(g)  Establish an enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocol for high-touch areas like restrooms, credit-card machines, keypads, counters, shopping carts, and other surfaces.]

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Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Guidance on Remote Work

The responsibility to maintain a safe workplace is paramount, and strongly suggests that employers should allow their employees to work from home if possible. In order to minimize the presence of individuals gathered in work settings where COVID-19 may spread, employers should only permit in-person work when attendance is strictly required to perform job duties.

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Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.

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Center for Disease Control Guidance (CDC)

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and the world, we all must remain vigilant. The changes we have had to make to routines and daily life are extremely hard, but these changes are even more important now and in the future. We must stop the spread of this new and dangerous virus. The more steps you and your family can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be.  Along with other guidance, follow these three important rules to slow the spread:

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Phased-in Plan Resources and Examples

We urge you to read through the questions for reopening that have been compiled by the 11 library cooperatives across Michigan. This is a very extensive list of questions that all libraries should be asking and addressing as they create their phased-in reopening plans. It is attached here for your perusal.

Library of Michigan
Public Library Reopening and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan Template

East Lansing Public Library
ELPL Guidelines for Reopening after a Pandemic

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
Reopening Guidance for Libraries

Please note resources are provided for information purposes only and are not legal advice.

MLA Connect

MLA Connect provides virtual education and engagement opportunities you can access from anywhere to keep you connected to the library community in Michigan. Check out archived webinars and coffee hours. Please note recordings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.

Additional Information and Resources

▪    CDC guidelines

▪    CDC When to wear gloves

▪    CDC When and How to Wash your hands

▪    CDC Handwashing Posters

▪    CDC How to Protect Yourself and Others

▪    CDC Feeling Sick?Sign

▪    CDC Homemade FaceCoverings

▪    CDC Stop the Spread of Germs

▪    EPA Approved Cleaning and Disinfecting Supplies and Procedures

▪    FDA Best Practices for Pick-up/Delivery Services

▪    White House Guidelines

▪ Coronavirus Information

▪    GovernorWhitmer’s MISafeStartPlan

▪    Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders

▪    Disinfectants for COVID-19

▪    OSHA Guidance for Reopening

If you are laid off as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, you can apply for unemployment assistance online. Visit to file a claim. You will need your Social Security number, driver's license number, names and addresses of employers over the last 18 months, quarterly earnings, last day of employment at each place, employer's federal ID number and alien registration number if you aren't a U.S. citizen. Normally, you must register for work at Michigan Works! but this rule has been suspended to make it easier for those affected by the novel coronavirus to receive benefits. Read the press release here.

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.

The State of Michigan provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

American Association of Law Libraries
AALL’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources

American Library Association
Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries

American Library Association's Public Programs Office
Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in a COVID-19 Shutdown
6 COVID-19 Resources You (Probably) Don’t Know About
COVID-19: Italian Librarians on the Lockdown

Association for Library Service to Children
Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces

Association of College and Research Libraries
Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries

Association of Research Libraries
COVID-19 News & Resource Pages
Mitigating COVID-19: The Contribution Research Libraries Are Making

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation
Collections Care Amid COVID-19

Library of Congress
The Impact of Hand Sanitizers on Collection Materials

Medical Library Association
COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians & Other Health Information Professionals

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Isolating, Disinfecting, and Cleaning Historic Materials

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
A Guide to COVID-19 for Public Libraries

Northeast Document Conservation Center
Disinfecting Circulating Books

Public Library Association
PLA Resources on COVID-19

Small Business Administration
Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Society of American Archivists
Resources for Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis

Urban Library Council
Coronavirus Resources


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