Resources for Digital Library Services during COVID-19

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The links maintained on this page from Library Journal provide updates and special offers from vendors and other companies that work with the library community.

Live Streaming Story Time

According to Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office, there is "growing consensus among copyright experts that posting online story times to continue mission-driven library and educational services during the coronavirus emergency is a fair use.

See Online Story Time & Coronavirus: It’s Fair Use, Folks, from the American Library Association Public Programs Office for more information.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting libraries to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events. Story time in which a Penguin Random House book is read out loud and the book is displayed (for picture books) may be streamed live, in real time, on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram.

Visit Penguin Random House for more details and guidance.


Online children's book databases includes animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, and educational games. Free for public libraries through at least August 31. Public libraries should email with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all three TumbleBook databases.

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