State Aid to Public Libraries

State Aid to Public Libraries is an annual, voluntary program administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The purpose of State Aid to Public Libraries is:

Requirements

A municipality and its library must be certified by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as meeting statutory and regulatory requirements to receive State Aid to Public Libraries.

To be certified each fiscal year, a municipality and its library must:

Funding

State Aid to Public Libraries funding is appropriated annually to the MBLC by the legislature. Current budget language.

Disbursement of State Aid to Public Libraries Awards

After a municipality is certified to receive State Aid to Public Libraries, the agency disburses 3 awards in several payments:

Additional funds, if available, are distributed by the end of the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.

Calendar

June 2016 ARIS workshops
July 1, 2016 Online ARIS form opens.
Mid-August 2016 State Aid to Public Libraries packet of required print forms sent to libraries.
August 8, 2016 Online submission of the Financial Report opens.
August 19, 2016 Online submission of the Annual Report Information Survey (ARIS) closes.
September 2016 State Aid workshops (will be posted on our calendar when scheduled)
October 7, 2016 Online submission of Financial Report closes.
State Aid Application & Compliance Form due (Print form).
MAR petition due, if necessary (Print form).
November 3, 2016 First group of municipalities meeting requirements are presented to the Board and state aid awards are made.
November 10, 2016 Four MAR Waiver application documents due:
  1. FY 2016/FY 2017 Disproportionate Cut Worksheet.
  2. Municipal budget documentation for FY 2016 and FY 2017 that shows the appropriation to each municipal department .
  3. Supporting letters/statements from library.
  4. Supporting letters/statements from town.
December 1, 2016 Second group of municipalities meeting requirements are presented to the Board and state aid awards are made.
January, 2017 List of Communities Not Certified posted (updated later if MAR waiver applicants are denied certification).
January 5, 2017 FY 2017 MAR waiver applicants are presented to the Board.
February 2, 2017 Board acts on FY 2017 MAR waiver petitions.
March 2, 2017 Board hears any appeals of denial of the FY 2017 MAR.
April 6, 2017 Board acts on any appeals of denial of the FY 2017 MAR.

For more information, please contact Mary Rose Quinn at x220 or Liz Babbitt at x227.

Page last updated on 06/4/2016