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Pennsylvania Libraries COVID-19 Digital Archive

How to Participate

The State Library encourages submissions that represents individual experiences, as well as documentation that represents the Pennsylvania Library community's experience more broadly. The State Library invites participation by all library staff, administrators, volunteers and their patrons, particularly but not limited to public libraries. Preview the submission questions and participate in this initiative (PDF). 

The State Library's submission process includes a series of questions and prompts regarding participants' thoughts and experiences during the pandemic. Most responses are purely voluntary and participants may answer or skip as many questions as they would like and provide as little or as much detail as desired but full participation is encouraged.  You may exit the survey without submitting at any time and you may choose to remain anonymous. (For questions concerning privacy and remaining anonymous, please refer to the FAQ section.)

If you have additional materials in digital form such as journals, zines, photos of life in quarantine, grocery lists, mask instructions, audio-visual materials such as personal narratives, social media posts, blogs, poems, etc, about your experiences, you are welcome to submit these materials in addition to the form.  What represents your life during this crisis? Submissions may be in the following formats: digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, video files. After filling out the questionnaire, you will be prompted how and where to submit digital materials. If you have questions or need help, contact ra-edmakerspace@pa.gov.

If you have a physical item such as a handwritten journal, zine, document, or 3-D artifact that you wish to contribute, please contact the Rare Collections Librarian at mlear@pa.gov. Please note that the State Library is currently closed and we will not immediately be able to accept physical donations.

Submissions will not be available to the public immediately. After they are processed by State Library staff, they will be available in a digital repository.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the State Library COVID-19 archive email at ra-edmakerspace@pa.gov