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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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January 15, 2004
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

Construction Grants Awarded to 21 Massachusetts Libraries

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce that it has awarded Provisional General Construction Grants totaling $38,249,194 to 21 public libraries across the Commonwealth from the 2000-2001 Grant Round. The Board set May 15, 2005 as the date by which municipalities must accept their awards. Funding for these projects was authorized in August of 2002 in an omnibus bond bill (S2271) that allowed for the expenditure of up to $75 million for public library construction. The Romney Administration has committed funds in its five-year capital plan for these projects.

Applications for General Project awards are evaluated and rated by a panel of independent reviewers. The evaluative criteria include a detailed needs analysis, long-range planning of library services, community involvement, written library building program statement, and critique of the building design in relation to service priorities. To be eligible, applicant libraries must be certified by the MBLC as meeting minimum state standards for public library service, as well as meet the needs of the community for 20 years.

Since the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program was first funded in 1990, a total of $246 million has been awarded to public libraries in 213 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. The grants help fund construction of new library buildings, addition/ renovations, special projects and the preliminary planning activities essential to building projects. As of today, 249 grants have been awarded: 51 for planning and design and 198 for construction, addition/renovation or special projects. Funding for a construction/renovation project is based on eligible costs and awarded on a sliding scale. The state share ranges from 35 percent of a larger project to 60 percent of projects under $1.2 million.

The projects are listed in alphabetical order.





Amesbury Public Library



Marstons Mills Public Library



Sargent Memorial Library



Thayer Public Library



Charlton Public Library



Simon Fairfield Public Library



Framingham Public Library



Georgetown Peabody Library


Great Barrington

Mason Library



Harvard Public Library



Mattapoisett Free Public Library



Flint Public Library



Montague Public Libraries/Carnegie Public Library



Needham Free Public Library


New Salem

New Salem Public Library


North Brookfield

Haston Free Public Library



Lilly Library



Northborough Free Library


Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs Public Library



Revere Public Library



Seekonk Public Library




Further information about the Construction Grants can be found on the Board's Web site.

The 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 advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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