Coronavirus/COVID-19 Library Information Center

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Library Updates

Library COVID Response Report

5/22/2020 - Anchorage Public Library has been given the green light to bring staff back on June 1st and start our re-opening.  We will need some time to prepare our spaces with a priority on:
  • Staff training for cleaning and quarantine protocols
  • Catching up on returns and holds
  • Setting up curb side service 
  • Maintaining telephone reference and customer service
We also know that using the library may look a little different for the rest of the year as we work to ensure the health and safety of both patrons and staff. We know you care as much about our safety as we do about yours; which is A LOT!

Please head over to our Safe Library Reopening Page for all our major updates and services.


The best way to prevent a coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. These are preventative actions you can take to minimize your risk of exposure:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

What to do if you are sick

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Alaska Economic Stabilization Team Page
Find links to apply for unemployment insurance and small business assistance, and learn about the Governor's Economic Stabilization Plan.

IRS - Economic Impact Payments
Check eligibility, and payment status and update your bank account or mailing address.

Alaska 211
One-stop resource for finding help in the community.

Transit Information
Get the latest updates on People Mover and Anchor Rides services.

Food Bank of Alaska
Find listings of food pantries and meal programs in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley.

COVID-19 SNAP Updates
Food Bank of Alaska explanation of changes to the SNAP food stamp program application procedures during the emergency.

for workers affected by Closures

Individual financial assistance from nonprofits may be available for workers in industries affected by the COVID-19 closures. Please be aware that due to high demand, some programs may temporarily close to new applications.



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