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Your Pandemic Stories

The New Haven Free Public Library wants to collect your personal experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic. We seek to document your stories to share them now and with future generations of the Greater New Haven community.

To participate:


I am a participant in the New Haven Free Public Library's (NHFPL’s) Pandemic Stories collection. I understand that the purpose of the Pandemic Stories collection is to collect personal responses and reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as selected related documentary materials, such as photographs, for inclusion in the permanent collection of the NHFPL.

I hereby grant to NHFPL, including its officers and employees acting on behalf of NHFPL, at no cost, the perpetual, nonexclusive, transferable, worldwide rights to use, reproduce, transmit, display, perform, prepare derivative works from, distribute, and authorize the redistribution of the story text recorded and other documentary materials.

I hereby release NHFPL, and its trustees and employees acting on behalf of NHFPL, from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of my recording(s), transcribed interview(s), and documentary materials, including but not limited to any claims for copyright infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy, or right of publicity.

I represent that I am the sole holder of the copyright for the selected documentary materials and have the legal right and power to grant NHFPL the rights granted above. I shall retain the complete and unrestricted right to reproduce, publish, broadcast, transmit, perform, or adapt the submission myself. NHFPL will clearly identify the authorship and copyright holder of the material when publishing the material, unless the submitter expressed their interest to remain private or anonymous.

I acknowledge that my submission does not contain anything that is commercial, off-topic, partisan-political, contains personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, pornographic, or that infringes the rights of any third party.

I agree to abide by these rules. I acknowledge that NHFPL has the right (but not the obligation) to pre-screen, review, filter, modify, refuse, delete, edit or remove Content that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of these Terms of Service, or which it otherwise, in its sole discretion, considers to be inappropriate. You further acknowledge that NHFPL has the right (but not the obligation) to limit or terminate access to the Service for any reason, including violation of these Terms of Service.

If you agree to the above policy, please click here to contribute your story.

If you have questions, please contact Local History Librarian Allison Botelho at abotelho@nhfpl.org.