About the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board also strives to provide every resident of the Commonwealth with full and equal access to library information resources regardless of geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability, or cultural background.

Here you will find more information about our Commissioners, Staff, Legislation, Regional Library Systems, News, Publications and answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

The goals of the Board are to

  • maintain and strengthen the Commonwealth's free public libraries,
  • provide statewide and regional programs for the improvement of library services provided by libraries of all types,
  • support resource sharing and the utilization of electronic information technology by libraries, and
  • provide specialized library services to blind and physically handicapped residents.

The Board was established in 1890 under Chapter 78 of the Massachusetts General Law, and governed by nine Commissioners appointed by the Governor. The director of the Board is appointed by the Commissioners and is responsible for the administration of the programs and advisory services of the Board.

The administrative office of the Board is located at 98 North Washington St., Suite 401, Boston, MA 02114, and open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

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 12/9/2008