MPLCP Background & Regulations

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) was first funded by a state bond authorization in 1987. Since then, the MPLCP has helped build 62 new library buildings and 169 addition, renovation, and conversion projects. The MPLCP has also awarded 98 planning and design grants to support public libraries as they prepared to apply for a construction grant.

The MPLCP is governed by state regulation 605 CMR 6.00 and has been continuously funded through capital bond bills authorized by the Governor and the Legislature.


To be eligible for an MPLCP grant, applicant libraries must be certified by the MBLC as meeting minimum state standards for public library service and must have a strategic plan on file with the Board. Any project funded under the program must meet the projected 30-year needs of the applicant's municipality for library service.


Regulations 605 CMR 6.00 [pdf] governing the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) were last completely reviewed in 2022 and were adopted by the Commissioners on December 1, 2022. A fact sheet outlining the program changes is available for download here.

Projects still in progress from the 2016-2017 grant round are governed by the 2015 revision of 605 CMR 6.00 [pdf].

For More Information

Heather Backman, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x245
857-283-5668 (Mobile)

Andrea Bono-Bunker, Library Building Consultant
617-725-1860, x246
857-488-6264 (Mobile)