A Selective List of Massachusetts Laws Pertaining to Libraries

Most laws pertaining to the Board of Library Commissioners and libraries in the Commonwealth are contained in Chapter 78 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The following laws, located in other chapters of the General Laws also affect library operations and the use of library materials and services.

Notice from mass.gov - This is NOT the official version of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL). While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the data provided, do not rely on this information without first checking an official edition of the MGL. If you are in need of legal advice or counsel, consult a lawyer.

Subject Chapter Section(s)
Anti-Discrimination Law 151B 1-10
Anti-Obscenity Law 272 28, 29, 29B, 31
Charitable Corporations 180 1-11C, 26-26B
Confidentiality of Library Records 4, 66 7(26), 10
Conflict of Interest 268A 17-25
Destruction or Mutilation of Library Materials 266 100
Disturbance of Libraries 272 41
Funds, Receipt of Revolving Funds 44 53, 53A, 53E1/2
Handicapped Access to Public Buildings 22 13A
Harmful to Minors Act 272 28, 31
Labor Relations: Public Employees 150E 1-15
Liability 258  
Lost Materials: Use of Recovered Money 44 53
Open Meeting Law 39 24
Public Records 66 1-18
Smoking in Public Places 270 22
Theft of Library Materials 266 99, 99A
Trust Funds 44 54, 55B
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