May 23, 2022

New Report: “Public Libraries in Europe and COVID-19: Findings from NAPLE Members, April 2020”

A new report from the National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE) is linked to below.

From the NAPLE Website:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) began to lead to closures of library buildings to the public at the start of March 2020. The following document summarises the measures taken in response to the virus by public libraries in 20 NAPLE member countries to date[1], with specific focus on the extent of closures across Europe; the engagement of staff during closures; services offered to the public (both physical and online) while buildings were closed; quarantining of books and other health and safety measures; efforts by libraries to support national healthcare initiatives; and library efforts to address misinformation about the COVID-19 virus.

The information contained in this report is based on responses from NAPLE members submitted to a shared spreadsheet between March 20th and April 24th 2020. As such it should be seen as a snapshot of this period.

This report has been possible thanks to the contributions of NAPLE members and colleagues from the following countries: Belgium (Flanders); Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Lithuania; Norway; Netherlands; Poland, Portugal, Scotland; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland.

Direct to Full Text Report: “Public Libraries in Europe and COVID-19: Findings from NAPLE Members, April 2020”
14 pages; PDF.

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