Spurred by library closures due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, WLS created planning resources to help libraries transition to a new normal. Primary concerns are:

  • Understanding and meeting community needs and priorities
  • Safety of staff and safety of patrons
  • Reimagining library services for the future
  • Building on successful virtual programming
  • Blending the strengths of consortium activities and each library’s uniqueness

New resource listings (10/19/2020)

Planning Resources

Sample Plans
External Resources – Library-oriented
External Resources – Library Public Outreach & Messaging
External Resources – County, State, and Federal Government
External Resources – Curbside Pickup

(sample plans above may also include curbside pickup information)

External Resources – General

Reopening and Restarting: Meetings For Planning

Libraries met with WLS online to share discussion and questions about reopening.

Large Libraries – April 22, 2020

Medium Libraries – April 22, 2020

Small Libraries – April 23, 2020