News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: February 27, 2008
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


Library Construction Waiting List and Map

Since it was first funded in FY1990, the Public Library Construction Program has awarded general construction grants totaling $282 million to cities and towns for 239 addition/renovation or new library projects. These new and renovated libraries are vibrant community centers offering engaging programs for children and adults, making computers available to all, and circulating more books, CDs, DVDs and other materials than ever before.

On January 4, 2008 Governor Deval Patrick filed H4455, a $2.5 billion bond bill to implement the Administration's Capital Investment Plan. Included in the five-year bill is significant authorization to assist communities with local infrastructure needs, including $100 million to fund library construction or renovation for the 31 municipalities on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner's Waiting List as of November 3, 2006.

Below is the waiting list and a map that highlights the success of the program and indicates areas in which construction projects are planned.

For more information on the Public Library Construction Program, please visit: http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/construction/index.php

Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program
Waiting List January 18, 2008

Rank Municipality Library Award

1

Auburn

Auburn Public Library

$4,188,822

2

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Free Public Library

$3,964,293

3

Falmouth

Falmouth Public Library

$3,071,749

4

Westhampton

Westhampton Memorial Library

$1,065,074

5

Millis

Millis Public Library

$2,789,569

6

Norwell

Norwell Public Library

$3,098,877

7

Belchertown

Clapp Memorial Library

$3,347,565

8

Belmont

Belmont Memorial Library

$5,323,564

9

Holyoke

Holyoke Public Library

$4,367,594

10

Buckland

Buckland Public Library

$529,598

11

Upton

Upton Town Library

$2,755,392

12

Boxford

Boxford Town Library

$2,784,242

13

Holbrook

Holbrook Public Library

$1,965,616

14

Bourne

Jonathan Bourne Public Library

$2,852,702

15

Gloucester

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library

$4,549,808

16

Edgartown

Edgartown Free Public Library

$4,593,557

17

Westwood

Westwood Public Library

$3,698,929

18

Woburn

Woburn Public Library

$4,775,727

19

Dartmouth**

Dartmouth Public Libraries (Branch)

$2,732,307

20

Everett**

Shute Memorial Library (Branch)

$1,578,115

21

Dighton

Dighton Public Library

$2,341,560

22

Hull

Hull Public Library

$2,809,680

23

Ware

Young Men's Library Association

$2,868,458

24

Walpole

Walpole Public Library

$3,896,184

25

Winchendon

Beals Memorial Library

$3,310,544

26

North Attleborough

Richards Memorial Library

$4,866,363

27

Granby

Granby Free Public Library

$988,483

28

Foxborough

Boyden Library

$3,461,606

29

Boston--Mattapan**

Boston Public Library-Mattapan (Branch)

$5,222,907

Inflation factor of 15% for partial award to Dudley

$87,813

Inflation factor of 15%% for award to Mashpee

$382,766

Total

$94,269,464

Numbers 1-20 placed on Waiting List by Board of Library Commissioners' vote, July 7, 2005; Numbers 21-29 by a Board vote on April 6, 2006.

**Branch libraries have lower priority within rounds.

Construction Map

About MBLC

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.

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