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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

HVAC for Libraries during COVID-19

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The information included here reflects current science and best practices drawn from experts in the field. This guidance can be used by libraries to make better informed decisions regarding their specific HVAC configuration. We recommend that all decisions regarding the opening of library buildings to outside users is done in coordination with local municipal and health department officials.

It is important to note that information about COVID-19 and its transmission and behavior is evolving quickly. All resources are dated when possible, and subsequent information may supersede these materials. Every effort will be made to remove outdated items, but we cannot guarantee the validity or completeness of all resources included here.


This LibGuide is not being updated as of August, 2021. Updates will resume if and when circumstances require.

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What is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and is the standard term in the building industry for the systems that regulate the temperature and air quality of indoor space. The optimization of ventilation and air filtration/cleaning have become essential in libraries as we reopen libraries with occupant health and safety in mind.

Last updated 7/1/2021




Contact us

We are working to stay up to date on issues related to HVAC and other building-related matters. Feel free to get in touch.

Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Andrea Bunker, Library Building Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners