• LSTA Direct Grants

    Submit a Letter of Intent through December 6, 2022.

  • Construction Program Update

    View proposed changes to public library construction program regulations

  • New Statewide Databases

    New statewide databases are now available - find links for your library!

  • Affordable Connectivity Program

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NEWS RELEASES

Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

September 28, 2022 - Board Votes on FY2024 Legislative Agenda

MBLC Begins creating FY2024 Legislative Agenda At its September 1, 2022, board meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) discussed and voted on the FY2024 legislative agenda, which is used to request state funding that supports local libraries and statewide programs and servi...READ MORE

August 01, 2022 - Governor Signs Budget with Increases to Library Funding

On July 28, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY2023 budget. Included in the bill is increased funding to library line items at or above what was requested in the FY23 Legislative Agenda. “This is good news for libraries and the residents they serve,” said Massachusetts Board of L...READ MORE

July 07, 2022 - MBLC Elects New Officers for FY2023

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2023 at its Board Meeting on July 7, 2022. The Board elected Commissioner Debby Conrad as Board Chair. Ms. Conrad was appointed to the Board in December 2020 by Governor Baker. Her library career spans more ...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Book challenges up Nationwide and in Massachusetts Libraries

According to American Library Association (ALA), there have been a record number of book challenges across the nation. In 2021 ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Between January 1 and August 31, 2022, ALA documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library … Continue reading Book challenges up Nationwide and in Massachusetts Libraries

Libraries in the News

Melrose Moves Forward With Library Project After Cost Increase

(Patch) Melrose’s long-awaited library renovation project recently took a step forward with the signing of a contract to begin the project’s construction phase, Mayor Paul Brodeur announced on Wednesday.Following uncertainty over potential cost increases in recent months, Brodeur confirmed that the cost of the city’s contract with the Massachusetts-based Castagna Construction Corporation is roughly 12% … Continue reading Melrose Moves Forward With Library Project After Cost Increase

Need a mobile hotspot for internet service? Try a Cape Cod library

Can you imagine not having access to the internet? For most, the internet is more than just a way to read news or go on social media. It can be essential for education, work and even health care. With a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, libraries have been able to bolster their programs for … Continue reading Need a mobile hotspot for internet service? Try a Cape Cod library

Gloucester gets State Help Toward Library Expansion

Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library is closing in on a decades-long goal of updating and increasing the size of its facility with help from new state funding. The state Board of Library Commissioners announced July 7 it is providing Gloucester $9 million for the library’s $28 million renovation and expansion plan. The grant would grow by … Continue reading Gloucester gets State Help Toward Library Expansion