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Preservation and Conservation at Yale University Library: COVID-19 and Collections

Guide to the activities, policies and general information about the Preservation & Conservation Services Department at the Yale University Library

Updates: COVID-19 & Yale Library Online

Yale University Campus Resources

Yale Library Guidelines and Protocols

Resources from Preservation and Conservation Community

Before taking any action based on any resource, please be sure to follow the advice of federal, state, local, and campus health officials.

Planning Templates, Posters and Videos for Workplace Safety


Berendes, David, and Catherine Rasberry. 2020. "Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections." Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), March 30. Accessed April 1, 2020.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020. Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility. April 14. Accessed April 20, 2020.

—. 2020. How to Protect Yourself & Others. March 20. Accessed April 20, 2020.

Chin, Alex W H, Julie T S Chu, Mahen R A Perera, Kenrie P Y Hui, Hui-Ling Yen, and Michael C W Chan. 2020. "Stability of SARS-CoV-2 in Different Environmental Conditions." The Lancet Microbe. Accessed April 15, 2020. doi:

Environmental Protection Agency. 2020. List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. April 21. Accessed April 22, 2020.

Fiorillo, Luca et al. 2020. "COVID-19 Surface Persistence: A Recent Data Summary and Its Importance for Medical and Dental Settings." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Accessed May 12, 2020.

Jansen, Kerri. 2020. "How We Know Disinfectants Should Kill the COVID-19 Coronavirus." Chemical and Engineering News, March. Accessed April 20, 2020.

Kampf, G., D. Todt, S. Pfaender, and E. Steinmann. 2020. "Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents." Journal of Hospital Infection (104): 246-251. Accessed March 20, 2020. .

Parker-Pope, Tara. 2020. "Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?" The New York Times, April 17. Accessed April 20, 2020.

van Doremalen, Neeltje ; Bushmaker, Trenton; Morris, Dylan H.; et al. 2020. "Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1." New England Journal of Medicine. Accessed March 24, 2020.