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    Submit a Letter of Intent through December 6, 2022.

  • Construction Program Update

    View proposed changes to public library construction program regulations

  • New Statewide Databases

    New statewide databases are now available - find links for your library!

  • Affordable Connectivity Program

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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

December 01, 2022 - Future-Focused Construction Regulations Approved

At its December meeting the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved new regulations for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) which works with local communities to plan, build, renovate and expand their public libraries. “In its 35 years, the MPLCP...READ MORE

December 01, 2022 - State Aid is Largest in Program’s History

At its December board meeting the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved 186 municipalities that met all requirements for certification in the FY2023 State Aid to Public Libraries Program. These libraries join the 96 that were approved in November. To date more than $6.6 milli...READ MORE

September 28, 2022 - Board Votes on FY2024 Legislative Agenda

MBLC Begins creating FY2024 Legislative Agenda At its September 1, 2022, board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) discussed and voted on the FY2024 legislative agenda, which is used to request state funding that supports local libraries and statewide programs and servi...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Book challenges up Nationwide and in Massachusetts Libraries

According to American Library Association (ALA), there have been a record number of book challenges across the nation. In 2021 ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Between January 1 and August 31, 2022, ALA documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library … Continue reading Book challenges up Nationwide and in Massachusetts Libraries

Libraries in the News

Melrose Moves Forward With Library Project After Cost Increase

(Patch) Melrose’s long-awaited library renovation project recently took a step forward with the signing of a contract to begin the project’s construction phase, Mayor Paul Brodeur announced on Wednesday.Following uncertainty over potential cost increases in recent months, Brodeur confirmed that the cost of the city’s contract with the Massachusetts-based Castagna Construction Corporation is roughly 12% … Continue reading Melrose Moves Forward With Library Project After Cost Increase

Need a mobile hotspot for internet service? Try a Cape Cod library

Can you imagine not having access to the internet? For most, the internet is more than just a way to read news or go on social media. It can be essential for education, work and even health care. With a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, libraries have been able to bolster their programs for … Continue reading Need a mobile hotspot for internet service? Try a Cape Cod library

Gloucester gets State Help Toward Library Expansion

Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library is closing in on a decades-long goal of updating and increasing the size of its facility with help from new state funding. The state Board of Library Commissioners announced July 7 it is providing Gloucester $9 million for the library’s $28 million renovation and expansion plan. The grant would grow by … Continue reading Gloucester gets State Help Toward Library Expansion