Monday 7 September 2020

Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project

Everyone who works in or uses libraries is concerned about how to handle library materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. This cooperative project, called the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums or REALM Project, has issued 4 reports on tests conducted with library and archival materials infected with the COVID-19 virus. The reports are available on the REALM news page. The most recent report, from Project Test 4, tested stacked hardback books, softcover books, protective covers, and DVD cases. Test results show that after six days of quarantine the SARS-CoV-2 virus was still detected on all five materials tested. In previous tests, where the materials were not stacked, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine.

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