A compilation of lists of information, resources, learning opportunities and State Library news announcements related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Here to Help
- Government Information and Resources
- For Everyone
- For Libraries
- Ohio Public Health Advisory System
- Learning Opportunities
- Access to Library Resources
- Resources for Economic Support
- State Library News
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Government Information You Can Use
As the new school year approaches, be sure to talk with your kids and remind them to back up, mask up, and wash up. These small steps can make a big difference in preventing the spread of #COVID19 in the classroom.
The Coronavirus.ohio.gov website includes public awareness videos.
The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.
Read the public health and executive orders signed by the governor and health director in response to COVID-19.
Recorded press briefings by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health.
Non-government publication – Lessons from Italy’s Response to Coronavirus – Harvard Business Review article by Gary P. Pisano, Raffaella Sadun, and Michele Zanini that Dr. Acton summarized in March 31st Press Conference.
This page contains a collection of the most recent news releases from Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and slides used in COVID-19 Daily Briefings by Gov. DeWine and Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Also included on this page are a selection of curated news stories about COVID-19.
Call Center: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
Find the latest information and resources about COVID-19 including: a Data Dashboard, Public Health Orders and Ohio Governor DeWine Directives, Stay at Home Information, Resources for Parents and Families, How to Respond, Checklists, Educational Information, and Guidelines for Education and Childcare.
Find contact information for all of the city and county local health districts in Ohio. Search by typing the county or city name in the search bar or by using the map. For your convenience, there is also a full listing of all of the districts at the bottom of the page.
Federal Depository Library Program – Resources for Federal Depository Libraries and for patrons.
This guide contains a list of government resources about the Coronavirus Pandemic.
National Institutes of Health – Get the latest research information from NIH.
National Library of Medicine – An institute within the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest medical library.
Disaster Distress Helpline – U.S Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
World Health Organization – For the most current information on the COVID-19 Pandemic worldwide.
City and Local
ECONOMIC RESOURCES FOR COLUMBUS REGION COMPANIES – A list of programs and resources that will continue to populated with additional resources as they become available. This page is designed to help the economic development leaders, employers and the workforce in the Columbus Region respond to the challenges of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint (PDF) lists 34 recommendations on dismantling racism, removing public health obstacles, improving the social/economic and physical environments, and strengthening data collection to better track disparities.
In response to the Strike Force’s report, Governor DeWine issued Ohio’s Executive Response: A Plan of Action to Advance Equity. The action plan outlines efforts to reinforce the DeWine Administration’s commitment to advancing health equity and establishing Ohio as a model for justice, equity, opportunity, and resilience.
Information for parents and families during the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from family activity ideas, virtual tours of museums, and information for students, and about school nutrition programs.
World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease pandemic resources and information
Ohio public libraries continue to serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in creative, engaging, and innovative ways. Live online programs and events re-connect libraries and community members and provide opportunities to improve skills, explore other worlds, and foster ideas—all from the safety of home. Are you looking for information about these programs and events and where to find them online? The State Library of Ohio recently launched a calendar of Online Programs from Ohio’s Public Libraries that features links to programs and live events such as Book Chats, Virtual Storytimes, Ask a Librarian Live Reference, and Crafts and Makerspace activities. With the calendar, you can easily discover and then experience programs and events in public libraries throughout Ohio.
Looking for fun and positive learning experiences for young children while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Day By Day Ohio is a tool that families and caregivers can use to engage children in early literacy activities. Every time you go to Day By Day Ohio, you’ll see a new set of activities for today’s date. A service of the State Library of Ohio in collaboration with Ohio Ready to Read, Day By Day Ohio supports early literacy skills, helps young children get ready for school, and is available 24/7. Information about family health and wellness, literacy and creativity, and ideas for exploring Ohio are also easily accessible on the website.
Day By Day Ohio is funded in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has created “COSI Connects” a digital doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning. COSI Connects provides daily exciting and engaging STEAM content, that are tied directly to State of Ohio Learning Standards, through videos, documents, and hands-on science that you can use as a student, teacher, or family at home. Membership is not required to engage in COSI Connects.
Click here for information about the annual COSI Science Festival held online in 2020 on May 6-9.
List of resources for families, including food and utility info as well as children’s activities (including the Day By Day Ohio calendar!) and general info on COVID-19.
The Ohio Digital Library is a digital consortium of 177 Ohio libraries. The libraries share a collection of digital media that includes eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and video. The eBook collection alone includes over 340,000 copies of more than 40,000 individual titles.
If you do not already have a library card to access the Ohio Digital Library, you can register for a temporary Instant Digital Card using your phone number. Or, the process to obtain a State Library card is very simple, just fill in this form. During the closure, you will receive an email with your library card number.
Coronavirus: A Book for Children “An elegant, effective work. Download this now, read it immediately, share it with everyone you know.” — School Library Journal (starred review) This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the Coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. Inclusion on this list/webpage does not constitute an endorsement by the State Library of Candlewick Press.
Many public libraries in Ohio are issuing temporary digital cards to new patrons while their buildings are closed. These cards provide access to individual library purchased and statewide or consortia shared digital collections.
Resources for Those Who’ve Lost Loved Ones, Library Journal
By Megan Rosenblum. Books can be a comfort for those experiencing loss or looking for guidance on how to support others. Some might find themselves thinking seriously about death for the first time; others may be getting their affairs in order as a way to take control. The death-positive movement seeks to encourage engaging with mortality and empower people with knowledge about their choices around end-of-life. These death-positive resources, available as either ebooks, audiobooks, or free online resources, can help.
Ohio Digital Network and DPLA
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that serves as a portal for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. In 2012 DPLA began an initiative of “hubs” nationwide to collect materials on a larger scale. The Ohio Digital Network is a project to create a hub for addition of materials from Ohio institutions into DPLA.
Collections of Ohio Digital Network primary sources focus on Ohio and American history, and have been curated for your research and educational needs. They include links to items in DPLA, teaching guides, and classroom activities – all free to use!
Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. On this free website, you can explore digital content from over 390 cultural heritage institutions representing all 88 of Ohio’s counties covering a wide range of topics from prehistory to present day. Ohio Memory contains over 1,000,000 digital images from a variety of primary and secondary source image types, including:
- Photographs, maps, drawings and paintings
- Manuscripts, letters, diaries and journals
- Archaeological artifacts, natural history specimens and historical objects
- Newspapers, books and e-publications
- Audio and video
Additional History and Genealogy Resources are list on our website at https://library.ohio.gov/collections/
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum – The Ohio State University Libraries
Digital Exhibits – View digital exhibits and works in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
CAM is actively engaged in the digitization of their permanent collection, which contains over 67,000 works of art. While the entire museum collection is not currently online, images and information are frequently being added and updated. Please note that not all objects featured online are currently on view in our galleries.
Browse CMA’s collection of current art and other works.
The Ohio Statehouse has a wealth of resources for exploring Ohio history, civics and art. Enjoy video tours, lesson plans and fascinating stories about our state and our Capitol.
Spend an Art Minute with TMA! Each week, the Museum features a work from its world–renowned collection. #ArtMinute
Video: The Toledo Museum of Art has posted over 300 videos on its YouTube channel. This collection contains artist demonstrations, guest talks and lectures, promotional videos for some of your favorite exhibitions and more. Some of the most popular videos are listed on the channel. They have also provided links to a series of videos produced in collaboration with SmartHistory, the most visited art history resource in the world, and to WGTE Knowledge Stream.
Information about Re-Opening
Responses from Ohio Public Libraries on the strategies they are implementing to safely reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This data is made available by the State Library of Ohio and will be updated as new information is made available.
Public Libraries Only: To submit a new response, please visit our survey website. To update a survey with new information you may 1) fill out the survey again (you can skip to questions where there’s a new answer). OR 2) send the update to Kirstin Krumsee .
Resources pointing to new guidelines and protocols, some standardized and some in process and development.
Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project – Learn about the REALM testing process, research updates, and project resources.
As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent.
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The project will draw upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how—or if— materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors.
REALM Project: Happening Now – Communications about the REALM project
Round 1 Test Results – Published June 22, 2020
Round 2 Test Results – Published July 20, 2020
Test 3 results – Published on August 18, 2020
Test 4 – Initiated on July 31, 2020
Test 5 is expected to initiate at the end of August
Reopening: Not “When?” But “How?” Libraries Consider the Realities of a Post-Pandemic World, American Libraries, April 17, 2020
CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention)
This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home.
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
NEO-RLS (Northeast Ohio Regional Library System)
The sources listed were suggested by libraries in the NEO-RLS region. Their inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by NEO-RLS of the product, process, service, or its producer or provider.
Ohio Department of Health
OLC (Ohio Library Council)
Public Library Reopening Best Practices (PDF, 7 pages)
Public Library Reopening Roadmap (PDF, 3 pages )
Resources from Library Organizations & Publications
Prepare for remote learning with resources, lessons, and more that all Ohio PreK-12 schools can use. Your students can keep calm, carry on, and keep learning with INFOhio!
NEO-RLS (All types of libraries)
A resource hub that offers up-to-date resources, learning material and information that can help you and your library stay safe and informed.
Ohio Library Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Public Libraries)
Includes News and Updates, Guidelines for Libraries, and Learning Opportunities
OhioLINK (Higher Education Libraries)
COVID-19 Response Information – the latest available information on OhioLINK meetings, Print Lending FAQs and Electronic Resources FAQs.
American Library Association
Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries from the American Library Association
This page provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. Some of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness. Ongoing updates.
Even during a public health emergency, libraries should continue to adhere to their mission and stand by the law and ethical standards that govern the provision of library services.
Connect Member Community — Resources for members of ALA —A vibrant hub of conversation to stay connected and share your creative solutions with one another, including on threads like:
Authors reading books and copyright infringement
Adult Virtual Programming
Reopening: Not “When?” But “How?” Libraries Consider the Realities of a Post-Pandemic World, American Libraries, April 17, 2020
Digital Escape Rooms and Other Online Programming: Libraries adapt quickly for COVID-19 – , American Libraries, March 31, 2020
How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic – American Libraries checked in with conservationists for recommendations about cleaning and safely handling materials. American Libraries, March 27, 2020
Association of Academic & Research Libraries (ACRL)
ALA and ACRL are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. Now more than ever, academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars. This resource guide was created by ACRL to support the academic and research library community during global public health crises. The guide features resources for distance education and engagement, free professional development resources, best practices, and up-to-date information from public health officials.
The biggest role libraries can play in a national response to the emerging COVID-19 threat is as information specialists.
Filed byat infoDOCKET – Includes a spreadsheet with links to watch recordings of these webinars and/or information about a variety of webinar series.
Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry from the Centers for Disease Control presented an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period. Presented in coordination with U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian Institution, and Library of Congress.
By Ryan P. Randall and Jennifer LC Burke, Library Journal.
Overview of information workers crowdsourcing lists of work-from-home assignments
IMLS, CDC: On Staff Safety, Handling Paper In COVID-19 Pandemic By Lisa Peet, Library Journal. Apr 08, 2020
Summary information from Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections webinar.
Online Story Time & Coronavirus: It’s Fair Use Folks from Programming Librarian
By Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office. As your library moves many of its services online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering about the legality of posting recorded story times to your Facebook or YouTube page. The answer lies in “fair use.”
Book Club Going Virtual? Consider These 3 Things from Programming Librarian
The Facts: Fighting Fake News in the Pandemic from Programing Librarian
By Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office. Have you heard that essential oils or colloidal silver can cure COVID-19? Or that the virus was developed as a bioweapon in a lab? Have you received any messages that “a friend of a friend” has insider information that the nation is going into lockdown? Misinformation runs rampant during times of unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Your library may be closed to the public, but you can still help thwart misinformation by sharing media literacy resources via your website or social media channels.
Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in a COVID-19 Shutdown from Programming Librarian
Pandemic-induced closures of public libraries nationwide are an inconvenience to many, but one group is perhaps affected more than others: people experiencing homelessness.
Stevie Pinkerton, a homeless man living in Denver, said he relies on bathrooms at the Denver Public Library’s Central branch and the local rec center, but will be forced to figure something else out now that the library is closing.
Provides timely information and valuable OCLC resources for libraries. It also offers opportunities for online discussion and instruction to help library professionals continue to serve their communities during this challenging time. Includes: Access extended free e-content; Provide remote access to library collections; Optimize OCLC products and resources; and Connect and collaborate with other OCLC member libraries.
Libraries and the Coronavirus: Evolving Information and Resources from WebJunction
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is having a global impact and affecting local communities. Staff in libraries of all types, geographic locations, and sizes are learning the facts about this public health crisis and helping to inform their patrons. Information includes: What can libraries do? Library-specific resource compilations; Library Closure Information, Data Collection, and Surveys in the Field; Events; and Virtual Programming Resources.
The examples collected here are focused on public libraries. Examples from additional types of libraries, archives, and museums will be added during Phase 2 (June – October 2020).
OCLC Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis from WebJunction
A 90-minute recording of an OCLC virtual town hall with a welcome from Skip Prichard, President and CEO of OCLC. This recording of a live event featured WebJunction and OCLC Research Library Partnership program staff and four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who will shared their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online. The webinar is available through the course catalog of WebJunction and includes slides and other resources from the event.
See IMLS above.
Resources for Federal Depository Libraries and for patrons.
This guidance is intended to provide information to Federal Depository Coordinators and their staff on how to safely maintain services to users and safeguard collections during the COVID-19 pandemic. As libraries open to provide needed services to users, each Coordinator should ensure these best practices to avoid spreading the virus or damaging library materials. (revised 6/24/2020)
The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things: don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.
Community Use of E-Rate Supported Wi-Fi is Permitted During Closures from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
A guide to COVID-10 for Public Libraries from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Includes a list of resources from MedlinePlus, NIH, CDC, WHO, and more.
How Does A Library Respond to a Global Health Crisis? National Library of Medicine Director’s Blog, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.
At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the novel coronavirus) and aid in the response to COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus). By enhancing access to relevant data and information, NLM is demonstrating how libraries can contribute in real time to research and response efforts during this crisis.
COVID-19 and the American Workplace from the U.S. Department of Labor
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – U.S. Government Information page from the CDC
Get the latest public health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Disinfecting your facility if someone is sick from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Other State Libraries & Commissions
Information for Libraries https://libraries.idaho.gov/covid-info/#library-info
Webinar: Reopening and Disinfecting Libraries – Sharing COVID-19 Experiences, April 21st, 2020 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3u2t8HIfWc
Other State Associations and Consortia
The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions. This interactive map and the code to embed it on your website is available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system/
Click on a county on the map to generate a PDF with an infographic on that county’s data.
Additional Learning Opportunities
Additional learning opportunities to those listed under Government Information and Resources, For Everyone, and For Libraries.
Resources for Parents and Families
Learning At Home information is available at Coronavirus.ohio.gov
- Learning at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- At-Home Learning for Grades 4-6
- At-Home Learning for High School
- At-Home Learning for Grades K-3
- At-Home Learning for Middle School
O’Reilly Online Learning (For State Employees Only – With and without a library card)
O’Reilly online learning is the interactive platform government agencies trust to help solve their most critical mission: preparing employees to stay ahead of today’s ever-changing technical and management challenges.
For State Employees Only -With and without a library card, state employees may access O’Reilly Online Learning and other State Library resources through myOhio.gov. Simply click on the RESOURCES tab on MyOhio.gov, and find a link to the State Library. In addition, links to the State Library Catalog and the O’Reilly app are available on MyOhio.gov, under the MY WORKSPACE section within the Applications tab.
Lynda.com from LinkedIn (any Ohio public library card)
Self-directed online learning for technology, business, and creative skills. Access more than 12,000 video courses taught by industry experts to help you stay ahead in your current job or change careers.
Transparent Language Online (State Library of Ohio or any Ohio public library card)
Learn to speak a new language. Over 100 foreign language courses are available that can help you learn languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. There’s also an ESL component that provides English language learning to speakers of over 25 different languages.
Foreign Language Video Instruction – supplement to language learning (state employees only)
Foreign Language Video Instruction is a collection of video clips in which native speakers elaborate on a wide variety of topics about their culture, family, daily life, and more.
Ohio Means Jobs (no library card needed; can be used anonymously or create an account to track progress or be able to pick up where you leave off)
The LearningExpress suite of highly-acclaimed eLearning solutions provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development and more. These award-winning learning tools are available through multiple online platforms designed to help students and professionals achieve their educational and career goals.
Find a Library (to find things available with your public library cards)
Public libraries have a myriad of other resources such as Digital Learn, Gale Courses, Mango Languages, Mometrix, Signing Savvy, Testing & Education Reference Center, Universal Class, etc. Many are issuing temporary digital cards while their buildings are closed.
From Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS)
GCF LearnFree (software tutorials)
For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
Learning on Demand – For State Government Employee
Learning on Demand has thousands of resources available from topics ranging from project management, customer service, communication, performance management, and information technology. This powerful resource is temporarily available to all State of Ohio employees.
Directly From the Companies Involved – Inclusion on this list/webpage is for information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the State Library.
Office 365 Training Center (from Windows)
Learn how to get more work done, from anywhere on any device with Office 365 and Windows 10. Discover how industry professionals leverage Microsoft 365 to communicate, collaborate, and improve productivity across the team and organization.
Getting started with OverDrive (from OverDrive)
An OverDrive digital collection allows libraries to extend beyond their physical walls and offer anytime, anywhere access to ebooks, audiobooks and streaming video. The Ohio Digital Library is a consortium of 177 member libraries coordinated by the Ohio Digital Library using OverDrive digital platform.
GoToMyPC trainings (from GoToMyPC)
Work from home instantly with remote access from GoToMyPC. Securely access your important files, data, and applications from anywhere.
LogMeIn (from LogMeIn)
Provide anywhere, anytime access to all your devices, files, applications and information with Pro by LogMeIn.
Expanded Access to Library Resources
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, access to the following library resources have been expanded.
Ancestry Library Edition – instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos from all over the world: https://ohioweblibrary.org/db/ancestry
Annual Reviews – various topics in science exploring well supported or controversial trends, provided in a historical context and discusses current practical applications and remaining major questions: https://www.annualreviews.org/action/showPublications
Cochrane Library – a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/
Internet Archive – a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation: https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary
Ohio State University Press – books and journals in the areas of literary studies, narrative studies, rhetoric and communication studies, cultural studies, comics and media studies, gender and sexuality studies, and race and ethnic studies: https://kb.osu.edu/handle/1811/131
MIT Press – one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design: https://login.proxy.library.ohio.gov/login?url=https://direct.mit.edu/books
Resources for Economic Support
In response to the COVID-19 challenges, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (Ohio MEP), nursing homes and JobsOhio have joined forces through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. This collaborative effort will engage manufacturers to see which companies have interest in repurposing their manufacturing operations to produce some of the most in-demand products in the fight against COVID-19, especially products for the health care industry.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a great strain on the nation’s healthcare system, but it’s not come without it’s economic difficulties as well. State leaders are working to ensure resources are readily available to Ohio businesses and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult time, remembering we are all in this together.
The links here will connect you with local, state and federal resources and funds for the following impacted categories:
- Individuals and families: unemployment resources, health insurance relief, school meals and more.
- Small businesses and non-profits: economic disaster loan program, bar and restaurant relief, daycare ratio updates and more.
State Library News
September 2 – The State Library of Ohio will resume lending materials on Tuesday, September 8. Items will be available via contact-free front door pickup at the State Library beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please note: contact-free front door pickup service will ONLY be provided on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. The address for the State Library of Ohio is 274 E. 1st Avenue, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43201. Click here for more information.
July 31 – Ongoing adherence to best practices and guidance from the Governor’s office brought about in response to COVID-19, the State Library continues to operate in a “remote work” status. State Library staff remain available remotely during normal business hours.
June 30 – Statewide delivery services resumed on Monday, June 29th. Priority Dispatch has its entire fleet running but it is anticipated that the normal schedule may take up to two weeks to be fully operational due to the books and materials that have been securely stored in their facilities since March. Drivers and local delivery hubs will work closely with libraries to assist with specific needs.
Thank you for your patience through this extraordinary time.
In adherence to best practices and guidance from the Governor’s office brought about in response to COVID-19, the State Library continues to operate in a “remote work” status. State Library staff remain available remotely during normal business hours.
May 28 – In adherence to best practices and guidance from the Governor’s office brought about in response to COVID-19, the State Library moved to a “remote work” status effective March 18, 2020. State Library staff remain available remotely during normal business hours. Thank you for your patience. Online resources remain available 24/7. Loan periods have been extended for physical items currently checked-out and we ask that patrons refrain from returning these items to the library. The option for requesting items for new check-outs has been deactivated. State employees are encouraged to access online library resources through this website or at MyOhio.gov.
April 30 – The tentative date for reopening the State Library is June 1, 2020.
April 3 – We continue closely monitoring information and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked that each State department continue the existing telework arrangement for their employees beyond the original three-week order. Yesterday, an Amended Director’s Order that All Persons Stay Safe at Home Unless Engaged in Essential Work or Activity was signed and will remain in full force and effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. therefore, the State Library will not reopen until at least May 4, 2020. During this time, State Library staff will continue to telework from home. The telework arrangement includes our Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Service Center in Caldwell.
March 23 – On Sunday, March 22th, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s Stay At Home order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. In response, we paused the NASA@ My Library Kit shipments. While we can still take kit requests for June, and beyond, we cannot confirm the delivery of the kits until the Stay At Home order has expired, or has been rescinded or modified.
March 22 – To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 the State Library is closed until at least April 7th. Online resources and remote services will remain available during this time. Loan periods have been extended for physical items currently checked-out and we ask that patrons refrain from returning these items to the library. The option for requesting items for new check-outs has been deactivated. State employees are encouraged to access online library resources through this website or at MyOhio.gov.
While the State Library will be closed to the public, all online resources including the Ohio Digital Library will remain available. During this time, loan periods will be extended for physical items currently checked-out and we ask that patrons refrain from returning these items to the library. The option for requesting items for new check-outs will be deactivated.
The health and safety of our patrons and staff was paramount in the decision of State Librarian Beverly Cain to close the library. As of today, 3/13/2020 at 2 p.m.—Ohio has 13 confirmed cases, 159 persons with test results pending, and 333 under health supervision. On March 6th, Governor DeWine signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19. This allows State departments and agencies to better coordinate their response, free up resources to protect Ohioans, and quickly purchase additional needed resources and supplies. President Trump has declared a national emergency. According to the CDC, “The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The plan to reopen the library on April 6th will be evaluated by the end of March.
Enjoy this slideshow tour while the State Library building is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no sound for the video.