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ILF's COVID-19 Resources

Indiana Library Federation supports the library community as Indiana's public, school, academic, and special libraries respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Public libraries are specified in Back On Track Indiana Plan,  Stage 2, and Executive Order 20-26which gives Indiana’s public libraries the ability to phase in services according to local needs, staff capacity, and the community’s situation. See ILF's response and FAQs.

In response to guidance from officials, libraries closed their public meeting areas to prevent community spread of the coronavirus, and are innovating to meet the evolving needs in their communities.

Indiana’s libraries provide access to Librarians and digital resources to keep Hoosiers informed, educated, enriched, and entertained through this unprecedented time. Libraries offer Ask-a-Librarian, digital library cards that provide access to a world of eBooks, music, movies, games, online classes, and so much more. 

Because internet access is limited, Indiana's public libraries extended Wi-Fi access beyond the walls of over 350 library branches. Check out our map of Wi-Fi extended to parking lots by Indiana's Public Libraries

Examples of how Indiana libraries are serving were shared in recent newsletters from April 7 and April 21 with related advocacy in May 1 update. See the slides and recording (30 min) from the All-Staff update held 5/6/2020. 

About the Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19)

Important guidance documents  

Help for people who lost jobs/income or experienced family changes because of COVID-19

Indiana's libraries are preparing to help residents who have lost jobs or income and/or whose families have had changes.    

Indiana Library Federation is working with IN Family and Social Services Administration, IN Department of Workforce Development, and other organizations to provide our Helping Hoosiers training series for libraries and fellow local units of government. 

Key links to apply for help



How Indiana Library Federation is supporting the library community in pandemic  ILF provides its pandemic response services to all people in the Indiana library community, regardless of personal or institutional membership in ILF during the crisis period. Email us if you lost the link or would like more information.

  • Communications –  ILF provides regular updates to the library community through daily online meetings, Newsletters, and direct email. ILF maintains detailed information on its website, including new Wi-Fi map and tools. ILF promotes the good work of our libraries internally in the library community and externally to key stakeholders. 
  • Planning Tools, Sample Policies and Practices – In mid-March, ILF published planning and assessment tools to help libraries plan the phases from emergency closure to reopening. ILF compiled sample policies, practices, and other resources and posted on a webpage internal to Indiana libraries (open to all in Indiana libraries, regardless of membership in ILF).
  • Networking and Sharing – Since March 16, ILF facilitated daily online meetings with different staff in libraries, where participants shared challenges and emerging best practices, tools and tips, and emotional support. 
  • Professional Development – In addition to modifying its August Youth Services and November Annual Conferences according to CDC guidance, ILF provides webinars, virtual exchanges, and Networking and Sharing events that qualify for Library Education Units/Professional Growth Points.
  • Advocacy – ILF regularly communicates with statewide organizations, policymakers, and state agencies to collaborate on best ways to serve Hoosiers. ILF monitors state and federal policies year-round and is positioned for action on behalf of libraries as needed. We are providing guidance about SEA410 which will be effective 7/1/2020.

Questions? Please email us. Please consider joining or renewing as a Member or giving a donation to Indiana Library Federation. 

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6/10/2020
ILF Library Snapshot Day

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