Small Library Pilot Project

In May 2021, the MBLC launched a pilot project to construct a new library building in a Massachusetts town of 2,000 or fewer residents. The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) has been providing construction grants for over 30 years, yet only 15 of the 225 grants have gone to towns in this population category.

The Small Library Pilot Project will be new construction only - no renovation or addition projects will qualify. The goal is to build a new public library building that is functional, efficient, flexible, durable, and economical. The planning of the building will be a collaborative effort between the selected town and MBLC staff.

Details of the project are available on the Program Notice. Eligible towns were required to submit a Letter of Intent by June 30, 2021 to be considered. In April, 2022, the pilot grant was provisionally awarded to the town of Shutesbury. In June, 2022, the town approved local funding for the project and a contract was executed.

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)