House Ways and Means Budget Proposal Released


April 19, 2024
Celeste Bruno
Communications Director

The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently released their proposal for the FY2025 budget. This includes funding increases in the amounts requested in the FY2025 Legislative Agenda for the Talking Book Libraries at Perkins (7000-9406) and Worcester (7000-9402) and for Library Technology and Resource Sharing (7000-9506), which primarily funds the Library Networks and statewide databases. The MBLC budget line (7000-9101) was funded slightly under the amount requested and level funding was provided for State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501), Regional Aid for Libraries (7000-9401), and the Massachusetts Center for the Book (7000-9508).

"Over the past few fiscal years library funding has kept pace with demand for library services," said MBLC Director James Lonergan. "For FY2025, level funding in several library lines in both the House and Governor's budgets may indicate a new fiscal reality. The MBLC has requested increased funding that directly supports local libraries and impacts people across the Commonwealth and will continue to work with our partners towards increased funding."

State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501), the Massachusetts Center for the Book (7000-9508), and the MBLC budget line (7000-9101) are priorities in the FY2025 Legislative Agenda. Amendments to increase funding to these budget lines have been developed and the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) is working with legislators to increase support.

The full budget proposals and budget history can be viewed on the MBLC website.

The MBLC's FY2025 Legislative Agenda also includes the MLA legislative initiatives for fair eBook practices and freedom to read protections. MLA is working with Representative Ruth Balser on Bill H.3239, An Act empowering library access to electronic books and digital audiobooks and is also coordinating with members of the legislature on bills that address the surge in attempts to restrict access to library materials.

The House Committee on Ways and Means budget proposal will be debated by House members in April. Following passage of the House version of the budget, the Senate will vote on their version in May. A conference committee will reconcile any differences between the two versions, and the FY2025 budget will be sent to the Governor to be put into place by July 1, 2024.

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.