• Library Space: A Planning Resource

    This all new resource is now available!

  • And the winners are

    The kids have voted - find out the winning books!

  • LSTA Direct Grants Open

    Submit a letter of intent for an LSTA Direct Grant

  • Virtual Events Calendar

    Library programming from your home

NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

November 17, 2020 - Commissioners Approve Funding for eContent Purchases

At their November board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved funding for grants to Automated Networks for Library eBook and Audiobook (LEA) content. This is the second year that the grant has been awarded to support the statewide lending of eContent in Massachus...READ MORE

November 16, 2020 - New Space Planning Guide for Libraries

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the release of Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians, a guide to planning new or reconfigured public library spaces. “This space planning guide will not only help plan flexible and efficient library bui...READ MORE

November 16, 2020 - State Aid a Winner in Senate Budget

On November 12, 2020, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee released their budget proposal for FY2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s initial budget originally released in January has not yet been voted on, and the state has been operating on short-term budge...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Reverting Back to Step 1, Phase III

By Rob Favini, Head of Library Advisory & Development at the MBLC This week 134 communities in Massachusetts reverted back to operations under Step 1 Phase III of the state’s reopening plan after being designated as high risk for three consecutive weeks in the Department of Public Health weekly reports. Reverting back to Step 1 … Continue reading Reverting Back to Step 1, Phase III

Libraries in the News

Special election to be held for book-loving kids

While the adults in their lives head to the polls to choose a president, kids across Massachusetts are being asked to participate in another type of election. Starting Monday, at www.KidsVoteForBooks.com, young people can choose their favorite books and see if their choices are in the Top 25 when the votes are tallied. Voting is … Continue reading Special election to be held for book-loving kids

Business is booming at Fairhaven, Acushnet libraries

If there’s a service that’s been thriving for municipalities during the pandemic it’s been public libraries. While internal access to libraries continues to be either very limited or non-existent, use of libraries’ resources, whether physical or digitized, is available and in demand. Read more on South Coast Today

Disinfectant, Gloves And Quarantined Books: How Massachusetts Libraries Are Coping As They Slowly Reopen

The public library in Franklin has been loaning books for 230 years — the town boasts the first continuous public-lending library in the nation. It was founded in 1790 with a donation of books from Benjamin Franklin. But when the pandemic hit, like all other libraries in the state, the Franklin library closed its doors … Continue reading Disinfectant, Gloves And Quarantined Books: How Massachusetts Libraries Are Coping As They Slowly Reopen