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Washington State Library COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Washington State Library staff will be updating this site with learning and entertainment resources for home schoolers, workers-at-home, and career builders, and for librarians and K-20 educators as they continue to support their communities through the COVID-19 outbreak.  We've included a limited number of resources for national and international information and updates, and COVID-19 virus research.  Last updated April 3.

Washington State COVID-19 Response is the one-stop, official COVID-19 site, where all state agencies provide their information and emergency actions.  You'll find links to the State Department of Health, resources for individuals and families, travelers and commuters, the latest information on unemployment benefits for business and workers and small business support from the Department of Employment Security, local health departments, and for childcare, K-12, and higher education. Washington 2-11 connects you to community resources statewide.  Dial 2-1-1 or visit

Resources for:
Libraries & Librarians
School Librarians & K-20 Educators
Family & Caregiver Homeschooling Resources
Home Workers, Middle & High School & College Students, Career-Builders
National and Global Data & Research about the COVID-19 Virus

Libraries & Librarians

WSL is maintaining a dataset that records how COVID-19 has affected various services at Washington State public libraries.

ACRL's Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries LibGuide features updated information, free professional development, open access publications, and other resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.

ALA's Pandemic Preparedness: Resources for Libraries

Amigos Library Services is offering free access to select Amigos courses.

In recognition of the unprecedented threat of COVID-19, and the extreme disruption, both personally and professionally it’s causing, all Booklist and Book Links content on is now freely available until further notice.

CIELO has expanded the Resources section of their website to include family, education, financial, and health resources in Spanish.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a site on Protecting your Finances through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Department of Employment Security is the definitive resource for questions about the ever-evolving emergency measures being put in place to support Washington's workers and businesses effected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual gathering of kidlit authors, books, and readers that will bring the book festival experience to everyone on May 1st and 2nd.

Gale's Resources to Support Libraries and Educations Impacted by COVID-19

Horn Book is providing free access to the digitized editions of their entire magazine archive, including the latest issue. 

During the COVID crisis, Humanities Washington is excited to highlight online humanities and cultural events taking place throughout our state. Visit this site to learn about these events and how to submit your own.

The Internet Archive's National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

Digital issues of Kirkus Reviews are now available without charge.

Library 2.0 is experimenting with a live, online, Zoom video meeting "hangout" room for the discussion of library-related topics. Anyone who is a member of the Library 2.0 community can join.  (Joining Library 2.0 is free.)

Create a Playlist to curate courses of interest to your community; click here to learn how.

The Massachusetts Library System has created a LibGuide with resources for Libraries dealing with COVID-19.

The New Coronavirus: Library and Business Operations Planning is provided by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) to help with continuity of operations planning for businesses and libraries.

The NNLM Greater Midwest Region has an on-going list of consumer health resources related to COVID-19 for public libraries.

ProQuest will provide subscribing public libraries with temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition through April 30, 2020. Ancestry will evaluate the need monthly and will adjust the access dates accordingly.  Libraries should submit remote access requests to ProQuest Technical Support by emailing [email protected]. Please allow up to 72 hours for processing and implementation.

The State Library of Oregon's COVID-19: Information for Oregon Libraries site contains many resources that are also of use to Washington's libraries.

TumbleBooks is offering public libraries free access to their main catalogs through August. Library staff should email [email protected] with subject line Free TumbleBooks to receive links to all 3 TumbleBook databases, so their patrons may access them from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Washington Library Association's Resources for Libraries during COVID-19.

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.

WebJunction's Evolving Information and Resources was created to support libraries during the COVID-19 outbreak.




School Librarians & K-20 Educators

Primarily Washington is the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, and Legacy Washington's way of bridging the gap between the primary sources in our collections and the classroom. Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. Additionally, Legacy Washington is currently hosting a student contest – which is going to be extended through the end of May to give students time to participate. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this contest..

The Washington Digital Newspapers program brings together over 400,000 pages from our earliest online Washington Territorial newspaper collection with titles digitized by the State Library.

The Washington Rural Heritage collection provides access to digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State.

DPLA’s collection of free primary source sets cover a wide range of topics from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to Negro League Baseball to Angel Island. All include a curated set of primary sources, lesson plans, discussion questions and tips for primary source analysis.

The Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual gathering of kidlit authors, books, and readers that will bring the book festival experience to everyone on May 1st and 2nd.

Horn Book is providing free access to the digitized editions of their entire magazine archive, including the latest issue. 

Kahoot! is offering free premium access to educators to help with distance learning.

Labyrinth Learning has written several comprehensive articles containing valuable information on moving to online-only courses to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  If your institution has been affected, or you would like to prepare for the possibility, these resources should help.

Visit LinkedIn's The Learning Blog for an article and a link to unlocked courses designed to help educator's suddenly teaching remotely due to COVID-19:  Suddenly Teaching Online? Free Resources to Help Faculty Affected by Coronavirus.

Media Education Lab is hosting VIRTUALLY VIRAL HANGOUTS, hour-long online gatherings to share and support educators during the COVID-19 pandemic every day at 10 a.m. PDT.

PBS Learning is KCTS 9 and PBS' curated collectuion of FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers.

School Library Journal is providing free access to the digitized editions of their entire magazine archive, including the latest issue. 

School’s Out Washington has compiled a list of links and resources including stigma reduction, fact sheets, guidance for schools and programs, and planning for your organization.  

Smithsonian Learning Lab is your destination for millions of carefully curated, easily accessible, customizable, and shareable open educational resources.

VidCode is offering free access to their full curriculum until schools reopen: apply here

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) created Resources for Continuous Learning During School Closures


Family & Caregiver Homeschooling Resources

Explore Washington history through images and digitized newspapers and other resources: Primarily Washington is the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, and Legacy Washington's way of bridging the gap between the primary sources in our collections and the classroom. Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. The Washington Rural Heritage collection provides access to digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State. The Washington Digital Newspapers program brings together over 400,000 pages from our earliest online Washington Territorial newspaper collection with titles digitized by the State Library.

Audible from Amazon is making all of their children’s, tween and teen audio book content available while schools are closed.

Busuu, a language-learning platforms, has announced a new initiative to support kids and parents around the world affected school closures during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative, Keep Kids Learning, launches this week and will see Busuu offer free live streamed language classes, taught by qualified teachers. is offering Code Break - a weekly live interactive classroom with weekly challenges to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers.

Coding in Minecraft is a computer science credential program with supporting curriculum, delivered through Minecraft: Education Edition and hosted on GMetrix. 

Destination Imagination released a new resource that includes 5 free STEAM Challenges, which are designed without a teamwork component so that kids are able to do them on their own.

DPLA’s collection of online exhibitions can introduce students to more than two dozen topics ranging from the 1918 flu pandemic to Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Are you researching a project for National History Day? Find out more about how DPLA resources around this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History, can help.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus is a comic that includes information from healthcare experts interviewed for an NPR story (link to listen). Can be printed and folded into a zine.

KidLit events is an online calendar that including schedules for creators reading from their own work/sharing things online.

Author and illustrator Jarret Krosoczka will be live streaming new video drawing lessons from her YouTube channel every day.

Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page has lots of printouts and activities that encourage creativity and story creation.Picture Book Read-Alouds features authors reading their own work, including a list from the Indianapolis Public Library with over 100 titles, and titles in non-English languages.

Former classroom teacher Kate Messner's collection of recordings of authors and illustrators sharing lessons, excerpts, etc. from their books.

Beginning on April 3rd, Dav Pilkey at Home will feature new video content created by Pilkey himself on Friday mornings at 5 a.m. PDT on social media channels and the websites of the Library of Congress and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.  .

The Read, Draw, Create community's Authors Everywhere is a YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and work, will also, hopefully, host panels and other discussions.

Reading Connects Us is a newsletter about virtual learning that is full of links to lessons, things authors are sharing, etc.

Roadtrip Nation's Educational Resources for Teachers and Parents.

Rosetta Stone Inc. is giving three months of free language learning to all elementary, middle and high school students worldwide.  Parents can visit this site to claim a free subscription for a language of their choice. 

Scholastic Learn at Home offers day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Older kids can check out STEAM from your living room videos with Jamie Bair, Fort Vancouver Regional Library's Experiential Learning Librarian.

Storyline Online videos of celebrities reading picture books.

Angie Thomas, #1 NYT Bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE and ON THE COME UP will be posting writing tips every Tuesday on her Instagram

The Wyoming State Library has compiled a collection of free, limited-time-only resources to use at home, for remote learning.

Online resources for fingerplays and songs to encourage early learning:

Spokane County Library System: Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Bellingham Public Library Early Learning Resources

King County Library System: Tell Me a Story

Jbrary You Tube Playlists and Storytime Online Resources

Looking for an escape? Check out these digital escape rooms:

30+ Digital Escape Rooms (plus a step by step guide for creating your own)

Dog Man Digital Escape Room by a School Library Media Coordinator

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room by by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library

Many museums, zoos, and aquariums have webcams and online programming:

Imagine Children’s Museum Programming online

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Seattle Aquarium Live Cams

Seattle Art Museum's Stay Home with SAM

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Library of Congress:  Smart Fun for Kids

The Kennedy Center:  ArtsEdge

NASA STEM Engagement

National Women's History Museum

Children's Museum of Houston

Cleaning Guides & Resources for Childcare Centers, Schools & Homes

American Library's article How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic.

Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces, a blog post providing an overview of cleaning toys and children’s areas from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Classroom Cleaning Tips for Teachers from the Washington State Department of Health.

Cleaners, Sanitizers & Disinfectants from the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing objects and surfaces.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection Frequency Table (.pdf) from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) outlining when and how to clean early childhood learning environments.

Green Cleaning Toolkit for Early Care and Education includes information about when to clean vs. sanitize vs. disinfect and how to select appropriate non-toxic cleaning products. Also provides recommendations on when to use bleach and the dilution ratio, from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

IMLS webinar Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections.


Home Workers, Middle & High School & College Students, Career-Builders

The State Library funds Washingtonians' access to self-directed learning pathways to prepare for and obtain industry-recognized digital skills and software certification, through the Microsoft LinkedIn Learning Academy.  More information about certifications is on our Learn, Paractice, Certify Page.  Our exam partner Certiport is mindful of the many adjustments schools are making to ensure the safety of students and faculty, including physical campus closures and a move to distance or online learning.  Certiport is pleased to provide FREE 90-Day Access to their most popular web-based learning resources, including online practice exams and on-demand video-based courses. is THE premiere online learning platform, with thousands of video courses to help you learn to play the guitar, design & create websites, design & teach online, become a graphic designer - and much more!  All Washingtonians can access courses through their local public library, with a valid library card and PIN. If you live or work in Washington State and do not have a public library card, you can get a State Library card online, and access through the State Library, in our capacity as a public library.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak has made their 16-course Learning Path: Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success available to all, no library card required. Keep an eye on their Learning Blog in case they 'unlock' additional content.

To support the hundreds of thousands of students and educators experiencing disruptions due to COVID-19 globally, Coursera has made its full course catalog free to every university in the world impacted. To help them continue learning as seamlessly as possible, Coursera will extend its Coursera for Campus offering to provide universities free access to 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations from leading universities and companies.

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is offering remote learning resources will be updated every Monday.

The Seattle Times has curated a resource list on a variety of topics including, health, education, food and childcare during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To help those working in nonprofits quickly transition to remote work, TechSoup created a free track of courses to provide information and tools for making this transition.

VitalSource® has joined leading publishers to help ensure students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to quality digital learning materials through May 25, 2020.  VitalSource Helps provides access to an expansive catalog of eTexts, free to students at semester-calendar institutions who have been impacted by recent campus closures. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.


National and Global Data & Research about the COVID-19 Virus

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides national statistics about the spread of the virus and quarantine efforts underway to decrease its spread.  You'll also find resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs for preventing COVID-19 virus spread in communities.  Print and post handwashing posters above sinks at home as a reminder for how to effectively wash hands to prevent the spread of the virus.

Database company EBSCO has made their DynaMed COVID-19 virus Topic available, free of charge; the Topic is being maintained daily. 

The National Library of Medicine has complied a list of consumer health information and current research related to the COVID-19 virus.

ProQuest has collected a comprehensive list of the latest COVID-19 research.

The World Health Organization provides information on the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, including scam alerts, technical guidance and global research.  The COVID-19 Situation dashboard is an interactive dashboard/map providing the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 virus cases, updated daily.