State Aid Laws, Regulations, and Budget Language
Massachusetts General Laws and Regulations
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners administers State Aid to Public Libraries.
State Aid awards are made to municipalities whose public libraries meet statutory and regulatory requirements that support Minimum Standards of Free Public Library Service (MGL c.78, ss.19A and 19B; 605 CMR 4.00).
Minimum Requirements & Standards of Free Public Library Service
- Comply with Municipal Appropriation Requirement in current year [MGL c. 78, s.19A]
- Comply with following Minimum Standards during prior year [MGL c. 78, s. 19B (1-6)]
- Open to all residents of the Commonwealth [605 CMR 4.01 (1)]
- Make No Charge for Normal Library Services [605 CMR 4.01 (2)]
- Be Kept Open a Minimum Number of Hours Per Week [605 CMR 4.01 (3)]
- Employ trained library personnel [605 CMR 4.01 (4)]
- Expend a reasonable portion of the library's total budget on library materials [605 CMR 4.01(5)]
- Lend books to other [certified] libraries in the commonwealth and extend privileges to holders of cards issued by other [certified] public libraries in the commonwealth on a reciprocal basis [605 CMR 4.01 (6)]
- Submit State Aid to Public Libraries application and Annual Report Information Survey [MGL c.78, s. 19B(7); 605 CMR 4.01(7) and 4.02)]
- Apply for and receive state certification for Library Director: either certificate of professional librarianship or certificate of subprofessional librarianship [MGL c.78, s.22-31; 605 CMR 4.01(4)]
FY 2016 Budget Language
The FY 2016 budget language further defines State Aid to Public Libraries and has statute effect.
|Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2015||7000-9501|
For state aid to public libraries; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no city or town shall receive funds from this item in any year when the appropriation of the city or town for free public library services is below an amount equal to 102.5 per cent of the average of the appropriations for free public library services for the 3 years immediately preceding; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of library commissioners may grant waivers in excess of the waiver limit set forth in the second paragraph of section 19A of chapter 78 of the General Laws in fiscal year 2016 for not more than 1 year; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, of the amount by which this item exceeds the amount appropriated in chapter 194 of the acts of 1998, funds shall be distributed under the guidelines of the municipal equalization grant program, the library incentive grant program and the nonresident circulation offset program; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made under this item shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city or town and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the public library of that city or town without appropriation; and provided further, that $29,000 shall be distributed equally between the public libraries located in the towns of Granville, Russell, Southwick, Tolland and Montgomery …$9,029,000
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