L.A. Public Library Seeks Items from Residents to Document ‘Shelter-at-Home’ Experience

Beaches, trails and parks are closed to the public. The library is archiving different stories and photos from the Covid-19 Stay-at-Home period.

The L.A. Public Library (LAPL) is asking that Los Angeles residents help document what they did or saw during the Covid-19 Stay-at-Home period.

Led by Kelly Wallace, a LAPD librarian in the history department, and Digitalization and Special Collections librarian Sung Kim, they plan to compile a digital archive of “What it was like living in Los Angeles during this time.”

They are asking for photographs, letters, diaries, journal entries, emails, notices/signs and creative works such as poetry or art, that reflect that person’s reality during this time. (Visit: lapl.org/safer-archive).

The site is self-explanatory, but if anyone has a question about downloading or other issues, please email rarebook@lapl.org.

There is a detailed description of the process with Wallace and Kim on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PN6R_fr32Q&feature=youtu.be)

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2 Responses to L.A. Public Library Seeks Items from Residents to Document ‘Shelter-at-Home’ Experience

  1. Nancy Brennan says:

    OK to forward the photo of the girls in their cars in the Palisades Branch Library to this site- or did you already do so?

  2. Sue says:


    I have not forwarded it yet, but it is fine to do so. The photographer Nancy Klopper has given permission to use her name with the photo.


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