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Project update: Phase 1 literature review and testing

REALM Project: Happening Now

OCLC / 20 May 2020

Project update: Phase 1 literature review and testing

Phase 1 of the research is focusing on commonly found and frequently handled/circulated materials, especially in U.S. public libraries.

  • A review of published scientific research is underway and will be publicly released. The purpose is to gather and evaluate existing research about SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) related to the following research questions:
  1. How might the virus spread through public library general operations?
  2. How long does the virus survive on material surfaces through environmental attenuation?
  3. How effective are various prevention and decontamination measures that are readily available to public libraries in the near term?
  • A technical testing plan from Battelle detailing how materials will be tested in their lab. This is expected to be released on the site by May 29, 2020.
  • Battelle began the first round of testing of materials on May 13, 2020. Five items commonly found in public libraries, which are also in high circulation and expected to arrive back in public libraries in large volumes were selected for this round. The materials were provided to Battelle by Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the tests will determine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on the surface of the materials and the results on this first round are expected to be released in mid-June. The items include:
    • hardcover book, made of buckram cloth
    • softcover book cover
    • pages inside of book
    • plastic protective cover
    • DVD case

Ready to Mail

We will send only OUR materials at this time.  We can’t confirm all of the lenders are open and ready for business.

Make sure the record you are viewing says:

Available State Library ”  

We are quarantining materials for 14 days after they return to us for the time being.


Also be aware if you order the labels from the Post Office to help you track items, they a running behind keeping up with the demand.


If you have any questions please give me a call.

USPS Tracking Labels

Available for free.   They have packs of 50.  You may order up to 4 packs at a time.   There is a main label and then a customer receipt on the label book.  You can write information that will help keep track of transaction numbers or titles.  Check the margin for the link to the USPS page.  Did I mention that the labels and the service are free?

Requests 07/31/2017-07/31/2018

Allen Public Library 2
Antlers Public Library 47
Beaver County Pioneer Library 1
Blackwell Public Library 13
Buffalo Public Library 10
Carnegie Public Library 2
Catoosa Public Library 23
Chandler Public Library 19
Cherokee City County Library 40
Cushing Public Library 9
Chandler Watts Memorial Library 64
Elgin Community Library 9
Frederick Public library 8
Garland Smith Public Library 2
Grace Pickens Public Library 12
Hennessey Public Library 15
Henryetta Public Library 59
Inola Public Library 43
Langley Public Library 10
Laverne Delphian Public Library 37
Madill City County Library 3
Margaret Carder Library 20
Maysville Public Library 19
Montfort & Allie B Jones Memorial Librar 39
Mounds Public Library 8
Newkirk Public Library 112
Nora Sparks Warren Memorial Library 132
Okeene Public Library 7
Okemah Public Library 5
Olive Warner Memorial Library 2
Piedmont Municipal Library 3
Prague Public Library 13
Sayre Public Library 111
Soutar Memorial Library 2
Stroud Public Library 9
Thomas Wilhite Memorial Library 46
Tonkawa Public Library 24
Tyler Memorial Library 15
Vinita Public Library 18
Walters Public Library 38
Watonga Public Library 16
Waynoka Public Library 76
Wewoka Public Library 2
Will Rogers Public Library 17
Yale Public Library 6

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Don’t forget if you need extra time with your material, renew!  As long as it is not wanted by someone else you may have some extra time.  This will help keep those “nasty-grams” out of your mailbox.