ALABAMA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON COVID-19 AND LIBRARIES

During this time of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety, the Alabama Library Association expresses their support of the Alabama libraries working hard to balance their commitment to public health and their professional dedication to serving communities. Depending on the local need, some Alabama libraries have altered operating hours and limited personnel numbers, some have closed to the public but continue to provide services like curbside pick-up and virtual information assistance, others have closed, while some are operating as normal.

We recognize the decision to close libraries is a difficult choice and one that must be made at the local government level. We hope that all those involved in making decisions regarding library operations consider the Governor Kay Ivey’s recent closure of schools, the declaration of emergency at both the state and national level, and recommendations to limit social gatherings impact on the community’s health as well as library personnel. We also encourage decision-makers to review the recent statement from the American Library Association when considering library operations. Regardless of operating status, we hope those working within Alabama libraries will engage in preventatives measures as detailed by the CDC, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and other medical experts.

The Alabama Library Association is committed to supporting libraries across the state through this unprecedented crisis. Together we can ensure service to the Alabama citizenry in a time when it is needed the most.

Sincerely,

Alabama Library Association Executive Council