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. Please also see the MBLC 's FY2020 Legislative Agenda which highlights funding priorities that impact library services for all residents.

For more information, contact Mary Rose Quinn.

FY2020 Budget Request
Item No. Item Name FY 2019 Budget FY 2020 Legislative
Agenda Request
FY 2020 Governor's Proposed Budget FY2020 House FY2020 Senate  FY2020 Final Budget
7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,275,000 $1,313,250 $1,314,774 $1,322,130 $1,313,250 $1,322,130
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $10,282,140 $11,516,000 $10,384,961 $11,484,961 $11,516,000 $11,516,000
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $454,966 $468,217 $459,516 $468,217 $468,217 $468,217
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,588,155 $2,665,800 $2,614,037 $2,665,800 $2,665,800 $2,665,800
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $9,612,700* $9,901,081 $9,456,327** $10,024,327† $9,921,081‡ 10,059,081***
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $2,815,928 $3,259,000 $2,848,279 $3,259,000 $3,259,000 $4,259,000
7000-9508 Center for the Book $200,000 $206,000 $200,000 $200,000 - $200,000
TOTAL: $27,228,889 $29,329,348 $27,277,894 $29,424,435 $29,143,348 $30,500,228

* Includes $250,000 in earmarks (Vetoed by Governor, restored by Legislative Override)
** Increase based on FY19's $9,362,700 which was total minus earmarks.
† Includes $168,000 in earmarks.
‡ Includes $20,000 in earmarks.
*** Includes $158,000 in earmarks.

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 More Information

Mary Rose Quinn, Head of State Programs
617-725-1860 x220
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x220