• Mass Municipal Association

    Information for visitors from the MMA

  • Outdoor Library Wi-Fi

    Access Library Wi-Fi even when buildings are closed

  • Library Space: A Planning Resource

    This all new resource is now available!

  • Virtual Events Calendar

    Library programming from your home


Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

January 19, 2021 - Outdoor Library Wi-Fi Provides Access for Many

When COVID 19 forced schools and business to switch to remote learning and working, it became clear that not everyone across the Commonwealth had access to high-speed internet in their homes or their communities. For the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), this wasn’t new inf...READ MORE

January 19, 2021 - New Benchmark helps Libraries Stay Certified

At its January board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners took action to help libraries stay certified in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program this year. They adjusted the benchmark of what is considered a disproportionate library budget cut from 5% to 10%. When library bu...READ MORE

January 20, 2021 - State Aid Changes Aim to Help Libraries in 2022

On January 7, 2021 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) unanimously voted to adjust policies to the State Aid to Public Libraries program. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Commonwealth’s municipal libraries, staff, Trustees, and patrons. First ...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Making Adjustments to Keep Learning Going

The MBLC’s Summer Learning grants began in 2019 as a way for public libraries to offer more out of school learning opportunities during one of their busiest times of year. The thirteen grant recipients for 2020 had some amazing plans for this summer that were derailed by the pandemic. After taking some time to figure … Continue reading Making Adjustments to Keep Learning Going

Libraries in the News

Boston Public Library makes thousands of images available free online

The Boston Public Library has made more than 8,000 photos, ranging from pictures documenting the construction of the McKim library building in Copley Square to 19th-century daguerreotypes, publicly available on Wikimedia Commons, according to library officials. Read more from The Boston Globe

Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Librarian Kay Lyons has journeyed with local children for almost three decades to places like Wonderland, Narnia and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but when she retires in March, it’s her turn. She and her husband, Rick Roy, will take some trips of their own, though never forgetting the joy she’s known. Read more … Continue reading Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Plymouth Public Library Director Jennifer Harris retiring

After nearly three decades of service to the town, the director of the Plymouth Public Library is moving on. But Jennifer Harris will continue to work in support of libraries in retirement and may get even more involved in local government. Read more from Wicked Local Plymouth