• New Construction Bond Bill

    Future of the construction program

  • LSTA Grant Round Announced

    Letters of intent due on December 6.

  • State Aid Awards

    Over 100 libraries certified in the first round.

  • Public Libraries Ecosystem Report

    Report and analysis by Sasaki


What’s happening in Massachusetts libraries

November 19, 2018 - MBLC Seeking New Construction Bond

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is seeking a new $250 million bond authorization to continue the successful Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). The new bond will fund the 18 projects that are currently on the MPLCP waitlist, a Planning and Design Grant Round ...READ MORE

November 08, 2018 - MBLC Announces New LSTA Grants

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the FY 2020 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant round. The MBLC uses federal LSTA funding to provide direct grants to libraries that allow them to offer innovative services to local residents. “Massach...READ MORE

November 06, 2018 - 112 Libraries Certified in First Round State Aid

At its November Board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved the disbursement of the first round of FY 2019 State Aid awards totaling $1,559,545.88 to 112 municipalities that have met State Aid to Public Libraries Program requirements. The awards are roughly half ...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Afternoon Tea

On a warm summer afternoon  in July, dozens of Plymouth Public Library patrons gathered to celebrate the institution of Afternoon Tea.  The theme tied in with the popular epistolary novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society that chronicles the occupation of the British channel island of Guernsey by Nazis during World War II.  It … Continue reading Afternoon Tea

Public Libraries in Massachusetts: An Evolving Ecosystem

After over a year of hard work, we have completed our “Evolving Ecosystem” report with Watertown based design and planning firm Sasaki and help from Massachusetts library patrons and staff who filled out our statewide survey last summer. The study was initiated and funded by the construction program, so that was the focus. We went … Continue reading Public Libraries in Massachusetts: An Evolving Ecosystem

Chicopee Library is “Combining Good Ingredients”

The MBLC offers an innovative category among our LSTA grant options for libraries that have come up with a unique solution to address a community need. One of this year’s innovative grants is Chicopee Public Library’s “Combining Good Ingredients”. Many Chicopee residents live with food insecurity, in poverty, and/or in poor health. The library was … Continue reading Chicopee Library is “Combining Good Ingredients”