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Spring 4-2021


This report was prepared by the CUNY Libraries COVID-19 Task Force, which formed in May 2020 with the following charge:

Authorized by the CUNY Office of Library Services and the Council of Chief Librarians, the task force is charged to survey best practices shared by libraries world-wide and to develop guidelines for CUNY Libraries site management, staff and user safety, circulation and resource sharing, and materials handling as pandemic conditions evolve.

A summary of the draft report was submitted by Interim Dean for Library Services Polly Thistlethwaite to CUNY’s Academic & Student Support Task Force on June 23, 2020. The final version was prepared on June 30, 2020 for wider distribution.

In February 2021, the Council of Chief Librarians charged the task force with updating the report to reflect changes that had happened in the past year. The task force decided to update the Executive Summary only. In April 2021, the task force submitted the final draft of the updated


An earlier version of the report is available at

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