There are so many places for dust and germs to accumulate in a library, and books are just one of those places! Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can stop dust from accumulating and germs from spreading. To help you get started, read on for your guide on how to clean a school library.

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Create a Cleaning Schedule and Checklist

Even if you’re responsible for cleaning the library, it’s best to have a schedule and checklist to keep you on track. You may think your routine is efficient, but you’d be surprised to know that you may need to increase the frequency of tasks you already complete regularly. For example, you may need to update the cleaner you use. Generally, it’s recommended that you use cleaning solutions approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Start From the Top

The top shelves often get neglected and gather dust, spiders, and cobwebs. You can eliminate these by using a dry duster or soft cloth to sweep the debris away. By starting at the top, you’ll save yourself from doing double the work necessary by re-cleaning areas you’ve already gone over.

Dust All Shelves

One of the biggest tasks of keeping a library clean is dusting the shelves. Not only does dust contain harmful pathogens, but it leads to poor indoor air quality and can trigger asthma and allergies.

Before you start, remove the books to create a clear working surface. Use a soft cloth and warm water to wipe all shelves, starting at the top.

Depending on the last time the bookcase was cleaned, you may need to dust the top shelves several times to cut through a thick layer of grime. Return the books to the shelves after allowing them to dry completely.

Clean the Books

While you’ve got the books off the shelves, consider cleaning them. Remove the jackets to clean the hardcover with a soft, dry cloth. You can attach the rag to the end of a vacuum hose and remove the dust from all sides of the book.

You may need a slightly damp cloth to remove any filth from the covers. Allow the books to dry completely before replacing their jackets and returning them to their shelves.

Wipe the Tables

Kids are notorious for leaving bits of paper around the library tables and making pencil and pen marks on the surface. Pencil marks can be easily removed using a standard eraser, but pen markings may take a bit of elbow grease.

You can make a solution of warm water and mild detergent and spray it on the table. This should loosen up the ink, making it easy to wipe away. If the soap and water mixture doesn’t do the trick, try rubbing alcohol.

Run the Vacuum

Keeping the library clean doesn’t end with dusting your shelves and wiping down the books and tables. No room is thoroughly cleaned without running a vacuum.

Finish your cleaning routine by vacuuming the entire library. Making this the last step will remove any dust particles from the tables and shelves that made their way to the floor throughout your cleaning process.

Daily Cleaning Tasks

Some things in the library need daily attention, like dusting shelves and straightening books. You may need to focus on other areas more frequently, too.


Remove any trash and debris from the doorway. Sweep the floors and polish any glass windows in the door.

Tables and Chairs

Place any books or other materials back on the shelves. Empty trash cans and recycling bins. Wipe all tables and chairs with the appropriate solution.

Computer Keyboards

Many students rely on the library to complete their class assignments. This makes computer keyboards and mouses high-touch areas. Wipe these surfaces with a solution that’s safe for use on electronics.

High-Touch Areas

High-touch areas aren’t a new thing. But in recent years, they’ve received more attention as potential threats to your health.

These areas must be wiped daily to minimize the risk of transmitting germs between students. You can further prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria by adding disinfection stations throughout the library.

Weekly Cleaning Tasks

Some library cleaning tasks can be done a minimum of once each week. This includes vacuuming carpets and dusting shelves throughout the library.


If there are floor mats at the library entrance, they may be sent out for routine professional cleaning. If not, you may need to vacuum them and inspect them for signs of wear. Dust the window sills and wipe the baseboards.

Tables and Chairs

Inspect the tables and chairs for signs of damage. Check the surrounding flooring and carpets to ensure they’re in tip-top shape.

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