Laws & Regulations

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is the state agency statutorily charged to support, develop, coordinate, improve and promote library services throughout the Commonwealth.

The Board was established in 1890 under Chapter 78 of the Massachusetts General Laws and consists of nine Commissioners appointed by the Governor.

The Board's broad statutory mandate is stated in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 78, section 19: "The Board of Library Commissioners may expend such sums as may be appropriated for the extension and encouragement of library services within the commonwealth."

The Board also advises municipalities and trustees regarding the operation and maintenance of public libraries and is statutorily authorized to administer state and federal programs for Massachusetts libraries.

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 10/17/2007