• Construction Grant Awards Announced

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  • What’s Your Four?

    The MBLC wants to know what you are reading this summer

  • Build a Better World this Summer

    Libraries celebrate President Kennedy’s Centennial

  • State Aid to Public Libraries

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What’s happening in Massachusetts libraries

August 11, 2017 - Leicester Breaks Ground on Library Renovation

On July 20, the town of Leicester celebrated the groundbreaking of their library renovation. The $8.9 million project is funded in part through a $4.2 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP). “One of the best thing...READ MORE

August 11, 2017 - The MBLC Elects New Officers

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2018 at its Board Meeting on July 13, 2017. The Board voted for Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish to continue as chair for a second year. Commissioner Cluggish was appointed to the Board in 2011 and reappointed...READ MORE

August 03, 2017 - MBLC Announces Statewide Patron Survey

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is conducting a statewide survey to better understand who uses Massachusetts public libraries, and why they use them. “For the MBLC to better support public libraries across the Commonwealth, we need to know who visits our libraries, why they v...READ MORE

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From the MBLC Blog

Check This Out: Borrowing More Than Books

By Lyndsay Forbes, Project Manager and Grant Specialist at the MBLC As libraries have evolved over the years, so have the ideas of what they should collect and lend to their patrons. A visit to your local library today will offer so much more than books. It’s not anything against books, I promise. Sometimes the … Continue reading Check This Out: Borrowing More Than Books

2016-17 Construction Grant Round-Up

By Library Building Consultant Rosemary Waltos Congratulations to all the applicants in the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) 2016-17 Construction Grant Round. On July 13, the MBLC approved a total of $66,905,603 for provisional construction grant awards to nine libraries in the grant round. At the same time a new construction waiting list was … Continue reading 2016-17 Construction Grant Round-Up

Design Thinking Across the Nation

By Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist at the MBLC For the last few weeks I have been spending part of my time with OCLC and WebJunction, helping with a IMLS-funded course. Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a program that is supporting 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country as they reimagine … Continue reading Design Thinking Across the Nation