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  • Online Resources

    Promotion and links to online resources!

  • FY2021 Legislative Agenda

    Learn about funding priorities for FY2021

  • New Databases Added

    Opposing Viewpoints plus four other databases added statewide

  • State Aid to Public Libraries

    $4.5 million in state aid awarded so far

NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

April 06, 2020 - Due to COVID-19 State Aid library requirements relaxed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Massachusetts and in an effort to support and protect the Commonwealth’s municipal libraries, their dedicated staff members, Trustees, and the patrons they serve and to assist them in their future recovery efforts, the Massachusetts Board of Libr...READ MORE

April 03, 2020 - Taylor Memorial Library uses LSTA Grant to Join Automated Library Network

The Taylor Memorial Library in Hancock joined the C/W MARS Automated Network with assistance from a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant given by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). They are one of seven libraries that have joined C/W MARS in the last five years with gr...READ MORE

April 02, 2020 - MBLC Approves Preservation Assessment Grants

At its March board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved four LSTA Preservation Assessment Grants. These grants fund an outside consultant to conduct institutional preservation assessments that include a site visit and the delivery of a written report. “Pre...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Remarks from MBLC Board Chair Roland Ochsenbein

Remarks given as the Board Chair Report at the April Meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Twenty-eight days ago, on March 5, we held our monthly MBLC board meeting at the Boston Public Library. BPL President David Leonard welcomed us and we conducted our business that day in the usual fashion, together in … Continue reading Remarks from MBLC Board Chair Roland Ochsenbein

Libraries in the News

Libraries without walls

When I signed up to write this column a few months ago, I intended to share a few of the online services offered by our local libraries. Little did I know that I would write it at a time when many librarians are busily fostering virtual libraries on their Facebook pages and websites. In recent … Continue reading Libraries without walls

Don’t get bored: Seven things for North Andoverites to try online via Stevens Memorial Library

There’s a national and state emergency. You’re stuck at home. Maybe you have kids who need activities to keep them busy. Why not try the library? You can’t go to the library physically, but the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover offers enough reading and other activities to carry you and your family through the … Continue reading Don’t get bored: Seven things for North Andoverites to try online via Stevens Memorial Library

Worcester Public Library launches #HeartWorcester campaign to unite community

When the Worcester Public Library found out it would be closing in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, employees began thinking of a way to connect community members without physically gathering together. The #HeartWorcester campaign was then born. Read more from Mass Live