Fact Sheet

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Data Collection & Coordination


As part of its responsibility under Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L., c. 78, § 19), the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is authorized to collect and analyze financial, staffing,and service data about public libraries across Massachusetts. The Board has collected information from Massachusetts public libraries since its formation in the 1890s.

What Type of Data is Collected?

The Board of Library Commissioners collects a wide variety of useful data about library services and operations, including:

How is Data Collected?

Each municipality and its is required to submit data to be part of the State Aid to Public Libraries program. Data is collected through:

Why Collect Data?

Data collected from public libraries is used in a variety of important ways:

After Data is Collected:

Other MBLC Data Coordination

The Board supplies the Department of Revenue with State Aid to Public Libraries local aid amount estimates to assist the DOR in creating Cherry Sheet Estimates.

The MBLC also participates in the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Academic Library Survey Program. The agency collects data from Massachusetts academic libraries through an NCES created online form.


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Page last updated on 07/1/2015