March 14, 2020
Dear Members of the Michigan Library Community,

The Michigan Library Association wants to commend the libraries and local officials who have made the very hard decision to close their doors to the public and at the same time, encourage others to take action. 

MLA is using our role as a leader and advocate of Michigan libraries to call on all public libraries in Michigan to close their doors until Sunday, April 5th.
This is staying in line with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-5 to close all Michigan K-12 public schools from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. We are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty as we face this worldwide pandemic, and public libraries must do their part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect our citizens from exposure.
We believe that school closures put an increased burden on public libraries as children and families turn to us for social, educational and even childcare needs. Increased dependence on our spaces and resources for children and families displaced by school closures will in all likelihood contribute to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
This is a challenging time for us, the nation and the world as we respond to novel coronavirus and the uncertainty surrounding it. MLA will do our best to stay on top of this quickly evolving and fluid situation and to communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change. 
Be safe, stay well.
MLA Board of Directors and Staff
More Information

Events and shared-space assemblages over 250 people should be canceled or postponed.

Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) relea sed community mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of COVID-19 that urge residents to avoid gatherings of more than 100 people. A video of Governor Whitmer's press conference is available here.

Please visit the American Library Association (ALA) pandemic preparedness resource page  for more information about how libraries can be community partners in response to this outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.

The State of Michigan provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here .

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.