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 2018 Legislative Agenda to learn more about funding priorities that impact library services for all residents.

For more information, contact MBLC Director Dianne Carty.

January 27, 2016
The governor released his budget recommendation for FY 2017.

April 2016
The House of Representatives released its budget recommendation. Amendments passed to increase funding to State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501) and State Aid to Regional Libraries (7000-9401), and to fund the Center for the Book (7000-9508) at $200,000.

May 2016
The Senate released its budget recommendation. The MBLC's administrative line (7000-9101) and Technology and Resource Sharing (7000-9506) received increases.

July 2016
The governor vetoed $256 million in the state's FY 2017 budget proposal, reducing funding by $450,009 across five MBLC budget lines.

Item No.Item NameFY 2017 BudgetFY 2017 Legislative
Agenda Request
FY 2018 Governor's Budget
7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,077,431 $1,225,000 $1,088,205
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $9,883,482 $10,948,670 $9,982,317
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $441,715 $450,115 $446,132
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,487,893 $2,562,528 $2,512,772
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $9,000,000 $10,127,412 $9,090,000
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $2,076,564 $3,259,000 $2,097,330
7000-9508 Center for the Book $200,000 $210,000 $202,000
TOTAL: $25,167,085 $28,782,725 $25,418,756
Federal Grant Spending
(Library Services Technology Act)
Breakdown of funding for 7000-9401 from Governor's budget with per capita funding for Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) at the Boston Public Library at 40.7 cents per capita
Massachusetts Library System (MLS) $7,480,434
Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) $2,501,883

††The board of library commissioners may grant waivers in excess of the waiver limit set forth in the second paragraph of section 19A of chapter 78 of the General Laws in fiscal year 2018 for a period of not more than 1 year

Budget History

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.

For Further Information

Dianne Carty, Director
617-725-1860, x222