News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 11, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

41 Communities Apply for Library Construction Funding

BOSTON - Forty-one municipalities filed Applications for New Construction, Addition/Renovation or Renovation Projects by the February 9, 2005 deadline for the 2004-2005 Massachusetts Public Library Construction Grant Round.

These Applications will now be evaluated for their completeness, and then reviewed and ranked by independent non-Agency reviewers who are not associated with the projects under consideration, as well as by staff of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Board will announce the projects recommended for funding that will receive a provisional grant award (pending confirmation of local funding) or placement on a waiting list for future funding at its Board Meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2005.

Funding for a construction/renovation project is based on its eligible costs, which can include purchase of land not already owned by the town or its school district, consulting, architectural and engineering fees, actual construction costs and costs of fixed equipment. Landscaping, parking lots and furnishings are not eligible for funding. The state share is awarded on a sliding scale and ranges from approximately 35 percent of a larger project to 60 percent of a project under $1.2 million.

Municipalities and their libraries that applied were:

Municipality

Library

Acushnet

Russell Memorial Libray

Auburn

Auburn Public Library

Belchertown

Clapp Memorial Library

Belmont

Belmont Public Library

Bolton

Bolton Public Library

Boston

Boston Public Library - Mattapan Branch

Bourne

Jonathan Bourne Public Library

Boxford

Boxford Town Libraries

Buckland

Buckland Public Library

Cambridge

Cambridge Public Library

Dalton

Dalton Free Public Library

Dartmouth

Dartmouth Public Libraries

Dighton

Dighton Public Library

Dudley

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library

Edgartown

Edgartown Free Public Library

Everett

Shute Memorial Library (Branch)

Falmouth

Falmouth Public Library

Foxborough

Boyden Library

Gloucester

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library

Granby

Granby Public Library

Heath

Heath Free Public Library

Holbrook

Holbrook Public Library

Holyoke

Holyoke Public Library

Hull

Hull Public Library

Mashpee

Mashpee Public Library

Millis

Millis Public Library

Milton

Milton Public Library

North Attleborough

Richards Memorial Library

Norwell

Norwell Public Library

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Public Library

Upton

Upton Town Library

Wales

Wales Public Library

Walpole

Walpole Public Library

Ware

Young Men's Library Association

Wendell

Wendell Free Library

Westhampton

Westhampton Memorial Library

Westwood

Westwood Public Library

Wilbraham

Wilbraham Public Library

Wilmington

Wilmington Memorial Library

Winchendon

Beals Memorial Library

Woburn

Woburn Public Library

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) 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.

Back to News Releases

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 09/11/2007