Budgets and Funding

The MBLC receives funding annually from the Massachusetts state budget, administered by the Massachusetts legislature and governor. It also receives federal funding through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Visit the Massachusetts legislature website for more information on the state budget process. See the MBLC's FY 2019 Legislative Agenda to learn more about funding priorities that impact library services for all residents.

For more information, contact Mary Rose Quinn.

FY2019 Budget Versions
Item No. Item Name FY 2018 Budget FY 2019 Legislative
Agenda Request
FY 2019 Governor's Budget FY 2019 House Ways & Means
7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,077,431 $1,275,000 $1,088,204 $1,275,000
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $9,982,317 $10,281,786 $10,082,140 $10,082,140
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $491,715* $454,966 $441,715 $454,966
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,512,772 $2,588,155 $2,512,772 $2,588,155
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $9,090,000 $9,362,700 $9,180,900 $9,090,000
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $2,097,330 $3,259,000 $2,115,928 $2,115,928
7000-9508 Center for the Book $200,000 $206,000 $200,000 $-
TOTAL: $25,451,565 $27,427,607 $25,621,659 $25,606,189

*Includes a $50,000 earmark for the purchase of a bookmobile by the Worcester Public Library.

The Governor has proposed a one percent increase for lines 7000-9101, 9401, and 9501; a 0.8867 increase for 9506; and level funding for 9402, 9406, and 9508 (line 7000-9402 included a $50,000 earmark for a bookmobile for Worcester in FY2018).

How the Budget Process Works

The budget process begins in January when the Governor sends the administration's budget to the House. During January and February, House and Senate members meet individually with the chairs of House and Senate Ways and Means to list budget priorities. House and Senate Ways and Means hold hearings during February and March. House Ways and Means releases its budget in mid-April; amendments are filed and the House votes on its final budget in late April.Next, Senate Ways and Means releases its budget in mid-May; amendments are filed and the full Senate approves its budget in late May. Any differences in the House and Senate budget are sent to a Conference Committee. The Conference Committee usually finishes its work in June; both House and Senate must approve the Conference Committee budget before it is sent to the Governor. Governor signs the budget and then it becomes law. In most years, this process is completed before July 1st.