The world has changed rapidly within the last few months and, for the first time in history, cultural institutions around the world have closed their doors to the public for an undetermined period of time. Communities around the world have been strongly encouraged to stay home in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in order to reduce its impact on hospitals and protect the health of society's most vulnerable. In an effort to encourage people to stay home and stay safe cultural institutions around the world have been creating amazing online content centered around education, creativity, humor, and wellness. In this guide we will introduce the online programs and offerings of the museums and libraries of Gainesville. This guide will also provide local resources to meet the health, wellness, and educational needs to keep communities updated on COVID-19.
Museums are places of immense public trust and provide many different services to a community. Not only are museums a space for people to explore new ideas and information, but they are also places for people to have transformational experiences collectively. With the current closures of museums in Gainesville, the communities that are affected the most by this are:
Libraries are one of the most trusted institutions in the world and often strive to serve their unique communities everyday. Alachua County has twelve library locations and twenty six regularly scheduled bookmobile stops. The closing of these libraries is a great loss for many but any even greater loss for some of our more vulnerable community members such as:
Barrett Uhler Chandler Sandy
UF Library Assistant II UF Museum Studies Area Graduate Assistant
Graduate Student of Museum Studies Graduate Student of Museum Studies