The Movement Control Order (MCO) is a government enforced measure to break the chain of COVID-19 infection in Malaysia. The MCO was first enforced on 18th March 2020 but was extended to phases 2, 3 and finally phase 4 which is expected to end on 12th May 2020. During the MCO almost all libraries are closed and online library services are offered to the users. Once libraries can open their doors to their user, like all sectors, libraries have been advised to practice the ‘new normal’ in their daily activities which includes social distancing and several health measures.

This guideline serves to assist libraries in Malaysia to take precautionary measures to practise physical distancing, crowd management and enhanced hygienic practices at the library during the post-Movement Control Order (MCO) to minimise risk of infection for/from the library users as well as staff whilst they are in the library. Libraries are encouraged to adopt Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and/or World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines in addition to this guideline.