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COVID-19 Community Archive

The deadly outbreak of a novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – has altered the world as we know it. Schools and most businesses are closed. Economies are struggling or collapsing. Travel is restricted or, at the least, discouraged. 

The way we live is different now. Someday, future generations will want to know how this global pandemic impacted Central Illinois. They will want to hear our stories, see our photographs, know our lives from this time. 

Peoria Public Library invites you to share your experiences as part of our Community Archive, part of a digital record of this time which we will preserve for future generations to examine. 

At this time, physical items will not be collected, but we encourage you to submit photographs, journal entries, oral histories and artwork. Feel free to submit multiple entries, but please note that Peoria Public Library reserves the right to curate our collection for both space and content. 

All questions and submissions can be sent to COVIDarchivePPL@gmail.com 

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit material. Parents must submit on behalf of their children. By submitting content, you are granting Peoria Public Library permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share.

Submission Details

Email attachments (files must be 12MB or less) to the email above. Allowed file types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, mov, mp3, mp4, mv4. 

You may also submit video(s) by listing either individual shareable YouTube or Vimeo links, or individual shareable links to a file in Google Drive or Dropbox. The library will download a copy to save in its archive. 

Must be 18 or older. 

By participating, you are acknowledging that this work is created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, or you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by "Fair Use" as prescribed by the terms of United States copyright law. 

By participating, you are granting Peoria Public Library permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share. 

Submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. Please be aware that all submissions and any information associated with the submissions (email address, descriptive information, etc.) may be provided to federal, state, or local law enforcement or other government agencies pursuant to a lawful subpoena or otherwise as required by law. 

Peoria Public Library is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity. Decisions to decline submissions will adhere to the guidelines of the library’s collection, deaccession, and conduct policies. 

Submissions with details are more likely to be accepted and saved. 

All submissions – unless otherwise noted and permitted – will be considered “public”