Minimum Standards: Make No Charge for Normal Library Services

Massachusetts General Laws require that libraries "make no charge for normal library services." This requirement means that no charges shall be levied on residents of the local community for the withdrawal of library books in the regular circulating collections of the community's public library or libraries.

A charge may be made, however, for duplicate pay and/or rental collections; for reserving books; for the lending of special media of communication such as recordings, films, pictures, etc.; for special reference or research services such as preparation of bibliographies, photocopying, Photostatting, abstracting.

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Page last updated on 09/6/2007