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

Resources for this project will published as they become available. All REALM Project materials are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 license.

Frequently Asked Questions

A collection of frequently asked questions received about REALM. The questions will be updated as needed (last updated September 3, 2020).

Test Plan

Test Plan for the Natural Attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 as a Decontamination Approach
Describes how the Battelle laboratory will test for the longevity of the COVID-19 virus on materials and how long it takes for the virus to naturally attenuate — essentially, how long the material needs to be left alone before the virus is undetectable (revised July 29, 2020).

Version 1 of the Test Plan was published on June 2, 2020.

Test Results

Test 1
Hardback book cover (buckram cloth), paperback book cover, plain paper pages, plastic protective cover, DVD case (June 22, 2020). Note: Test 4 re-examined four of these items in a stacked configuration.

Test 2
Braille paper pages, glossy paper from a coffee table book, magazine pages, children’s board book (coated cardboard), archival folders (July 20, 2020).

Test 3
Storage bag (flexible plastic), storage bin (rigid plastic), plexiglass (acrylic), DVD, talking book USB cassette (August 18, 2020).

Test 4
A stacked test of hardback book cover (buckram cloth), softcover book cover, plastic protective cover, and DVD case. Expanded polyethylene foam was tested in an unstacked configuration (September 3, 2020).

Literature Reviews

Systematic Literature Review: Phase 1
Detailed literature review exploring the spread, environmental attenuation, prevention, and decontamination of COVID-19 (June 17, 2020).

Preliminary Literature Review: Phase 1
The information helps to set the context for the laboratory research that is being conducted during the REALM Project (June 3, 2020).

Example Plans and Protocols

Public Libraries Preparing to Reopen: Examples from the Field
Example content includes, staff and patrons, facilities and space considerations, programs and service adaptations, materials handling and procedures (July 22, 2020).

Materials Handling and Procedures
Information about disinfection and cleaning of materials, as well as illustrative examples of documented protocols and procedures from the field.