REALM Project

REopening
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  • Test set 3 announced

    Battelle begins testing a third round of materials on July 10, 2020. For test set 3, five plastic-based items were selected for Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, lib...

  • Public Libraries Preparing to Reopen

    The REALM project's primary aim is to create and distribute science-based, authoritative information to inform decisions designed to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of ar...

  • Test set 2 announced, compilation of reopening references released

    Battelle began testing a second round of materials on June 23, 2020. The materials were provided to Battelle by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print ...

  • Test 1 results available

    Tests results for hardback book covers, softback book covers, plain paper pages, plastic book covering and DVD cases.