Board Votes on FY2024 Legislative Agenda


September 28, 2022
Matthew Perry
Communications Specialist
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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 services While all lines work together to provide the Commonwealth’s robust library system, the Board decided to focus on three line items: Library Technology and Resource Sharing (7000-9506), Worcester Talking Book Library (7000-9402), and Perkins Talking Book and Machine Lending Library (7000-9406).

“We have greatly appreciated the increased funding that the Governor and legislature have given libraries over the past few fiscal years,” said MBLC Chair Debby Conrad. “The focus on the talking book libraries and resource sharing is another way we are working to serve all residents and to expand digital equity.”

Representatives from each organization funded through MBLC line items had a chance to speak to commissioners about the importance of state funding for their work. Topics including cyber-security, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and expanded access to technology.

Below is a chart with the requested funding:

Line Item Number and Name

FY2023 Budget

FY2024 Legislative Agenda Ask

FY2024 Increase over FY2023


Board of Library Commissioners






Regional Libraries Local Aid






Talking Book Program Worcester






Talking Book Program Watertown






Public Libraries Local Aid






Technology & Automated Resource - Sharing






Center for the Book





About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also 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 access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.