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COVID-19 Support for Libraries and Librarians: Database and Vendor Resources

Tools to help West Virginia libraries and librarians in response to COVID-19.

Database and Vendor Offers

Choice "Shelter in Place" Newsletter

Choice has just launched a new newsletter, “Shelter in Place,” with a collection of links to free content provided by Choice and other publishers. Sign up at this link and check the box for the "Shelter in Place eNewsletter."

EBSCO Information and Resources to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A growing list of free and expanded resources, COVID-19 clinical information, webinars, and support for distance learning and remote work.

Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) created to provide health-related reference tools, training on health reference, and free databases.

LinkedIn Learning /


LinkedIn Learning is offering free learning paths to help people adjust to a changing work environment or find a new job altogether. Courses address topics like job seeking, remote work, crisis communications, building resilience, and more. New courses may be added to the list at the link above as they are made available.

OCLC COVID-19 Information and Resources to Help 

This page contains support for remote access to collections, advice on optimizing OCLC products and services during this time, information on free resources, and opportunities to connect and collaborate with other libraries.

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events

In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to certain guidelines. Extended through December 31, 2020. Go here for more information.


TumbleBooks, a provider of online children's book databases, is making its online libraries available for free to all schools and libraries until at least August 31. Its Flagship product, TumbleBook Library, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. E-mail with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all three TumbleBooks databases so they can be shared and accessed by your patrons in their homes.

About this Guide

This guide is a work-in-progress and will be updated as we are able.

Listings are not endorsements and may not be comprehensive. If you learn of something that you'd like us to include, please share it with the librarian below.

Digital Resources Librarian

West Virginia Library Commission
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