September 26, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
Public Libraries Fund Established
With the passage of the FY2007 State Budget in late July, a new program administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has been established with $250,000 in funds available for FY2007. Originally intended to have enough funds appropriated that would have allowed for a match of $.50 for every $1.00 raised, the match will now be prorated based upon the $250,000 appropriation, said Dianne Carty, MBLC Head of State Aid and Data Coordination.
"The purpose of the fund is to enhance public library services by providing a matching incentive program for funds donated to local public libraries for the enhancement of library services beyond those provided through municipal funds," said Robert C. Maier, MBLC Director.
In order to receive a match from the program, the MBLC at its Board Meeting in September adopted the following guidelines.
1. A municipality and its public library must be certified for State Aid to Public Libraries in FY2007.
2. A minimum of $2,000, up to a maximum of $100,000, must have been raised from or by private individuals or organizations for the benefit of the public library.
3. Funds must be held in a separate municipal account under the control of the library trustees.
4. The municipality and its public library must provide documentation of funds raised and placed in a separate municipal account during the reporting period of July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.
5. A Public Libraries Fund Application Form, and required documentation, must by completed and submitted to MBLC by February 2, 2007.
Further information about the program is available on the MBLC Web site.
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.