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Toolkit resources to support reopening practices for library staff are available to download at the links below.

Bookmark this page and check back often as additional resources will be available soon.


    Literature review: Key takeaways

    Updated: 19 November 2020

    The Phase 2 literature review analyzed and summarized findings from
    available scientific literature on SARS-CoV-2 from mid-May through mid-August 2020. This review focused on studies of how the virus is spread, virus attenuation on commonly found materials, and effectiveness of prevention and decontamination measures.


    REALM visual aid: Surfaces

    Updated: 19 November 2020

    A visual aid that shows results from Test 6 of the REALM project, looking at how long the virus survives on surfaces common in furnishings and fixtures, including glass, brass, marble and laminate


    REALM test results in visual format

    Updated: 19 November 2020

    A visual aid that compiles the test results published by the REALM project. The data currently includes the results of Tests 1-6 and will be updated as new results are available.


    Decision-making checklist

    Updated: 19 November 2020

    While working toward resuming operations and services to the public, many factors and resources (national, state, local) should inform your local decision-making. This list of considerations offers a starting point and includes links to guides and additional information. 


    REALM 101: An introduction to COVID-19 and the project

    Updated:19 November 2020

    An overview of the project purpose, what we know about COVID-19, as well as the "known unknowns," and the testing process being used for REALM.



    Public libraries preparing to reopen

    Updated: 25 June 2020

    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 archival, library and museum services. This information includes literature reviews of published scientific research and the results of lab testing on a variety of commonly used materials.