The MBLC works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have equal access to library resources. It advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction, preservation and renovation.
The MBLC also administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through the regional library system and automated resource sharing.
For press inquiries regarding the Board and its functions, please contact Celeste Bruno at (617) 725-1860, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know more people visit Massachusetts libraries in a year than attend Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics games combined?
State AidState Aid to Public Libraries is an annual, voluntary program administered by the MBLC. It encourages support and improvement for public library service, bolsters reciprocal resource sharing among libraries, compensates for differences in municipal funding, and offsets costs to libraries that circulate materials to patrons from other certified municipalities. Learn more about requirements and funding.
The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) helps communities improve their public library facilities through funding and technical assistance for planning & design and construction projects. Learn more about the program.
The MBLC administers the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program, a competitive grant process that provides local libraries with funding to enhance services and develop innovative new programs. MBLC consultants work with library staff to provide guidance and feedback for grant applications and implementation. Learn more about LSTA direct grants in Massachusetts.