Covid-19 Information

The California State Library is committed to serving the California library community, state employees, and residents we serve and is closely monitoring information and guidance offered by California’s Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. We encourage everyone to take preventative steps such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, hand washing, and social distancing to protect themselves and our communities from the spread of COVID-19. You may monitor up-to-date information about the disease in California via the California Department of Public Health and on California's main COVID-19 site. Please also follow information provided by your local public health agencies. The California Library Association and the State Library also offer a resource page for public libraries.

Remote Access to Online Resources for State Government Employees

The State Library is committed to providing relevant online resources for California state government employees that can be accessed remotely on any device. California State employees, state legislative staff, appointed state officials and board members, and officials and employees of the State Court may obtain a State Library card to access subscription databases by applying online. After obtaining a State Library card, state employees may visit the Online Resources web page to browse, select, and use available library resources. State employees will be prompted to login using library borrower card credentials for subscription databases. For additional information, email

Library service ideas during COVID

Browse a database of online and distance friendly programming ideas contributed by public library staff members throughout California, and submit your own ideas!

Public Library Closures and Cancellations

In response to local and state restrictions and policies put in place due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that many public library activities may need to be postponed, canceled, or changed. Other libraries may be limiting services or closing altogether.

We are collecting information regarding public library closures and program postponements and cancellations. As we learn of information from public libraries, we will be adding them to this page.

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