Budgets and Funding

The MBLC receives funding annually from the Massachusetts state budget, appropriated 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).  The MBLC also administers funds made available through a state capital improvements bond bill via the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. 

Visit the Massachusetts legislature website for more information on the state budget process. The MBLC's FY2022 Legislative Agenda highlights funding priorities that impact library services for all residents.

For more information, contact Mary Rose Quinn.

FY2022 Operating Budget Request
Item No. Item Name FY 2021 Budget FY 2022 Legislative
Agenda Request
FY 2022 Governor's Proposed Budget (January) FY 2022 House FY2022 Senate FY2022 Final
7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,579,876 $1,627,272 $1,585,251 $1,702,272* $1,627,272 $1,702,272*
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $12,516,000 $12,891,480 $12,516,000 $13,516,000 $13,516,000 $13,516,000
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $482,264 $496,732 $482,264 $496,732 $496,732 $496,732
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,745,774 $2,828,147 $2,745,774 $2,828,147 $2,828,147 $2,828,147
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $12,000,000 $13,000,000 $12,000,000 $13,000,000 $13,000,000 $13,000,000
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $4,386,770 $4,518,373 $4,386,770 $4,518,373 $4,518,373 $4,518,373
7000-9508 Center for the Book $225,000 $300,000 $225,000 $300,000 - $300,000
TOTAL: $33,935,684 $35,662,004 $33,941,059 $36,361,524 $35,986,524 $36,361,524

*includes 2 earmarks for $25,000 and $50,000

Capital Projects

The MBLC provides access to capital funds for building renovation, construction and repair via the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program.  The agency is currently able to provide up to $20,000,000 out of the bond each year for approved projects.

The current funds were authorized by 2020 Chapter 151, An Act Financing the General Governmental Infrastructure of the Commonwealth

Board of Library Commissioners.

7000-9092.. For a program of grants to cities and towns for approved public library projects pursuant to sections 19G to 19J, inclusive, of chapter 78 of the General Laws; provided, that grants may be awarded to municipalities submitting applications jointly or through a regional planning agency............................. $115,000,000

For More Information

Mary Rose Quinn, Head of State Programs
617-725-1860 x220
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x220
maryrose.quinn@mass.gov