News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: August 04, 2008
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Bond Bill Passed by House and Senate

The MBLC awaits Governor’s signature to vote on provisional grants.

On July 31, 2008 the House and Senate passed the omnibus bond bill that authorizes a total of $137,500,000 for public library construction. The communities on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) Wait List are scheduled to receive $100,000,000 while $37,500,000 is slated for ongoing renovations at the Boston Public Library.

Governor Deval Patrick now has ten days to review, sign, or line item veto the bill.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners had the Governor’s timetable in mind when the regular Board meeting date was changed from August 7 to August 14. Funding to the communities on MPLCP Wait List is a priority for the Board. If the Governor signs the bill, this new meeting date will allow the Board to take immediate action and vote on provisional grant awards to municipalities for approved public library projects.

Below are the communities on the MPLCP Wait List. Since it was first funded in FY1990, the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program has awarded general construction grants 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.

The last time that the MPLCP received funding was in 2002 when Acting Governor Jane Swift signed an omnibus bond bill that authorized the expenditure of $75 million for public library construction projects.

Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Waiting List

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.

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About MBLC

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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