COVID-19 Resources for Libraries

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

Working Safely
Building Your Skills Online
COVID-19 Info for Libraries
Idaho Library Closures
Virtual Library Events
Self-care Resources

The staff at the Idaho Commission for Libraries are following Governor Little’s “Stay Home Order” and closing our building until April 16. We ARE still working and available for online or phone appointments. Reach us at 208-334-2150 or 208-639-4145 or by email (staff emails are on our website at

Talking Book delivery may be delayed until April 16.

For those who have asked if libraries are considered essential services under COVID-19 orders, as the order states, “Employers that do not provide essential services as defined in order must take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home. Grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential businesses as defined in the order will remain open.”

Based on this order, contact with all other state libraries, and the State Board of Education’s closure of public schools, libraries are not defined as essential services.

If you have questions, please contact your local health district or call 2-1-1 anywhere in Idaho.

Take care all,

Stephanie Bailey-White, State Librarian


President Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package into Law

Washington, D.C., March 27, 2020.

The CARES Act, signed into law today by President Trump, offers relief to state and local governments, individuals, small and large businesses, hospitals and public health agencies, the federal safety net, and educational institutions affected by the coronavirus crisis. It authorizes direct payments to individuals and companies whose livelihoods and businesses have been affected by the pandemic.

Some of a the provisions of the new law:

  • Appropriates $1,200 for every American earning less than $75,000 per year and $500 to the parents of every child.
  • Authorizes payments directly to state governments to strengthen their unemployment […]
By |March 27th, 2020|

COVID-19 News & Updates (Week of March 24th)

Covid-19 Resources

Library related COVID-19 resources and articles ICfL staff think you will find useful! 

“Spanish-language resources for Grades K-12 from PBS LearningMedia”
A selection of multimedia resources, in Spanish, for teachers, students, and their families, sorted by grade and subject. (Allison)  

“NASA at Home”
With many of us indoors, let this site be your window into the universe. NASA at Home is your one-stop-shop with podcasts, educational activities, do-it-yourself projects and more.

“What the structure […]

By |March 27th, 2020|
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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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Library Closures in Idaho

Library Closures in Idaho updated 3-30-20
This PDF will be updated as needed to reflect the current status of libraries across Idaho.

Virtual Library Events Calendar

Fill out our online form to automatically add events to the Idaho Libraries COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar.

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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