Here you will find a compilation of resources to help you find the information you need, from trusted sources, to help you weather the COVID-19 crisis.  Includes consumer information from government and private sources, the latest health updates, news and research information on viruses in general and COVID-19 in particular.

While the library is closed we are also offering limited time resources that include a number of research materials on coronaviruses.


Braintree Health Department
Find the latest news from the Town of Braintree, including a link to the Town’s daily update.  Sign up for text alerts for the latest Braintree COVID-19 information.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Updates and Information
Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Sign up for text message alerts to automatically stay up-to-date.

Massachusetts Resources During COVID-19
Information from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s Office is warning Massachusetts residents to be on alert for individuals and businesses that may try to take advantage of uncertainty about COVID-19.

COVID-19 Public Resources Map
Map showing the location of resources available to the public, such as food banks, houses of worship, and Project Bread site locations. Please note that this map is not inclusive of all resources, and is only as accurate as the information that has been provided to MEMA.  You can enlarge the map using the plus sign in the upper left corner and drag the map to your desired location using your mouse (hold down the left mouse button to move the map).

COVID-19 Test Center Map
Map showing the location of COVID-19 Test Centers. Use this map to locate and get directions to nearby test sites. Always contact test sites prior to arrival.  You can enlarge the map using the plus sign in the upper left corner and drag the map to your desired location using your mouse (hold down the left mouse button to move the map).

The latest updates from the Federal Government with information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House.

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
Portal on linking to coronavirus information from federal agencies; includes links to information on health, money and taxes, travel, education, housing, benefits and grants, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick, as well as practical information on daily life and coping.  Includes a section for healthcare professionals.


Consumer Reports Guide to the Coronavirus
Consumer Reports has compiled a guide to answer all your questions and help you cope during the conronavirus  outbreak.  Sign in with your Thayer Public Library card under “Patron ID” for access to everything Consumer Reports has to offer.

Direct access to the Consumer Reports Guide to the Coronavirus, without a library card number, is available here (you will need to sign in through the top link if you want access to product ratings).

COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips
Federal Communications Commission updates on telephone and text scams related to COVID-19.


World Health Organization Advice for the Public
Best practices for staying safe during the coronavirus crisis from the World Health Organization.


America’s News
Find the latest news on COVID-19 from news sources across the country.  Includes information from newspapers, news magazines, newswires, blogs, television transcripts, as well as video and audio formats.  Funded by The Old Colony Library Network.

New York Times Digital Edition
Full access the New York Times Digital Edition. Available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

A New York Times online account, which requires only an email address and a password, is needed to access the newspaper. Access from home is in 72 hour allotments; you may obtain a new access code every 72 hours for uninterrupted access. Please see the INSTRUCTIONS FOR SETTING UP AN ACCOUNT AND OBTAINING AN ACCESS CODE to get started.  Provided by the Old Colony Library Network.

Patriot Ledger Collection
Search news from Quincy and vicinity with The Patriot Ledger Collection. Explore current and archived issues of The Patriot Ledger with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online. Funded by The Old Colony Library Network.