• Support is Needed for Bond Bill

    The Mass Leads Act includes $150 million for public library construction

  • FY2025 Legislative Agenda

    Building a Stronger Commonwealth: one person at a time

  • Information for Public Officials

    Library funding, MBLC programs, and more

  • Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

    Celebrate Smokey's 80th birthday with your library!


Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

May 24, 2024 - Deerfield Celebrates Groundbreaking

Local and state officials recently joined Deerfield residents to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Tilton Library. Commissioner Karen Traub from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Natalie Blais, and Koby Gardner-Levine from Congressman Ji...READ MORE

April 24, 2024 - Maureen Amyot Named MBLC Director

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce Maureen Amyot as its new Director. "It is with great pleasure that we welcome Maureen to the MBLC," said MBLC Chair Debby Conrad. "With challenges to intellectual freedom, gaps in equitable service, unfair eBook practice...READ MORE

April 19, 2024 - MBLC Grants Preserve Historical Collections

Massachusetts libraries are home to historic and unique items that are important to a community's history and form a part of the Commonwealth's rich cultural heritage. Many libraries protect and share irreplaceable local records, in mixed formats of books, photographs, archives, digital files, and ...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Survey Results: Library Services for Justice-Impacted Individuals

To better understand library services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, Ally Dowds, Consultant to Special Populations at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, recently conducted a survey of public, school, academic, and special libraries. Of the 48 respondents, 9 currently provide outreach services to incarcerated individuals and 4 support reentry efforts in their communities. … Continue reading Survey Results: Library Services for Justice-Impacted Individuals

Libraries in the News

Prime Focus: US libraries on the frontlines of homelessness

ABC News’ Jaclyn Lee reports on libraries being on the frontlines of the increasing homelessness crisis across the U.S. and how librarians are learning techniques to help.Watch this amazing news story

Art to reflect the community: Forbes Library uses anonymous donation to purchase a range of BIPOC art

A couple years ago, Forbes Library received a $10,000 donation from a donor who wanted to remain anonymous but also wanted the money used for a very specific purpose: to broaden the Northampton library’s permanent art collection.The library donor — the person lives in the area, according to Downing — told Forbes officials that the … Continue reading Art to reflect the community: Forbes Library uses anonymous donation to purchase a range of BIPOC art

You can now check out an all-terrain wheelchair at the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — For those who can’t go into the woods without help, Sheffield has a solution.With a state grant, the town bought a “GRIT Freedom Chair” that can be borrowed from the Bushnell-Sage Library’s “Library of Things” by those from any city or town with a CW Mars system library card. Read more from Berkshire Eagle