COVID-19 Resources for Libraries

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

CARES Act Mini-Grants
Reopening & Working Safely
Building Your Skills Online
COVID-19 Info for Libraries
Upcoming Virtual Library Events
Self-care Resources

The staff at the Idaho Commission for Libraries are following Governor Little’s announcement (4/30) and moving to Phase 1 of the Reopening Phases. While our lobby is currently closed to the public, we ARE still working. Staff is available for online or phone appointments and curbside pick-up of TBS books and program materials. Reach us at 208-334-2150 or 208-639-4145 or by email (staff emails are on our website at

Take care all,

Stephanie Bailey-White, State Librarian


ICfL is hosting a series of themed online chats to share information and ideas about how libraries are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.




  • School Libraries – Tuesday May 5th, 10am MST
  • Impact on Your Library’s Stats – Thursday May 14th, 1pm MST
  • Connecting with Adults – Tuesday May 19th, 10am MST
  • Virtual Teaching & Learning Platforms – Thursday May 28th, 1pm MST

COVID-19 News & Updates (Week of May 4th)

Upcoming Chats  

  • Impact on Your Library’s Stats – Thursday May 14th, 1pm MST 
  • Connecting with Adults – Tuesday May 19th, 10am MST 
  • Virtual Teaching & Learning Platforms – Thursday May 28th, 1pm MST 
  • School/ Academic Libraries (RESCHEDULED) – Tuesday June 2nd, 10am MST 

Recordings, notes, and slides from previous chats can be found at the top of the COVID-19 Resources for Libraries site 


By |May 7th, 2020|

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CARES Act Mini-Grants

The ICfL is receiving $161,477 as Idaho’s portion of the funds appropriated to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is to be used to address digital inclusion and related technical support in the context of workforce development and/or broadband availability.

The first portion of this funding (approximately $100,000) will be made available immediately as competitive mini-grants ($250-$1,000 per location) to address digital inclusion needs for public libraries (including branches and bookmobiles) and special libraries (including tribal, military, corrections, and archives). (See our full grant eligibility requirements for more details.) Applicants are encouraged to be creative in identifying their needs for these funds, but some eligible needs include:

  • PPE (personal protective equipment) and cleaning supplies for staff and the public to safely utilize library spaces, services, and technology
  • Internet accessible devices (such as laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets) for checkout or use in the library
  • WiFi access points, repeaters, and/or antennas to expand the library’s public WiFi beyond the walls of the building
  • Mobile hotspots for checkout and/or to be deployed throughout the library’s community to extend broadband availability
  • Video conferencing equipment and/or licenses to facilitate virtual library meetings and programming

ICfL staff will host two optional virtual sessions for interested applicants to discuss needs, share plans and ideas for grant funds, and answer questions. These sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend but interested in hearing the discussion.

For more information (including the full grant overview and requirements) and to apply, visit the online mini-grant application form. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their grant status by June 15, 2020. Grantees can anticipate receiving grant funds by approximately July 1, 2020. For grantees, an interim report will be due January 1, 2021, and a final report will be due June 30, 2021. If you have any questions about this program or your application, please contact Jamie Mott at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, (208) 639-4164 or at

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Reopening & Working Safely

Reopening – To assist Idaho libraries in meeting the needs of their communities while adhering to state guidelines 

Working Safely

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Building Your Skills Online

Do you have a bit more time for continuing education? We’re here to help!

The Continuing Education resources listed an the CE for COVID-19 Guide are available to all library workers in Idaho for free. An abundance of webinar recordings, online courses, and various online resources are listed by subject.

Some vendors are opening up or expanding access to their products, and where available we have added their resources to Some of those expansions are listed below:

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COVID-19 Information for Libraries




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Upcoming Virtual Events

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Deana Brown

Emerging Trends Consultant
Email / 208.639.4156
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For more information, please contact Deana Brown, Emerging Trends Consultant at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 208.639.4156 or at