Public Library Construction

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners assists communities in developing their public libraries through the renovation and expansion of existing buildings or the construction of new facilities. Since 1990, the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) has awarded grants to more than 200 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth for construction of new library buildings, addition/renovations, special projects and the preliminary planning activities essential to building projects.

More information about the MPLCP may be found in the in the Regulations 605 CMR 6.00 governing the program and in a series of Resource Guides. Two types of grants, one for planning and design and one for construction and renovation/expansion projects are available to eligible municipalities.

Because Massachusetts has a statewide record of achievement in library construction, communities planning library improvements are urged to visit recently completed projects.

Support is also provided through planning guides and workbooks, architecture and design resources, regulations and procurement guidance .

Two library building specialists are available to meet with and advise library staff, trustees, building committees, town officials, and community residents.

For further information contact:

Rosemary Waltos, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x246
rosemary.waltos@state.ma.us

Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x245
lauren.stara@state.ma.us

NOTE: As of February 2014, the construction e-mail list has been replaced by a blog.

This Web site, and other programs of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is funded in part with funds from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.
Page last updated on 02/6/2014