The MBLC works to inform librarians, archivists, and other records custodians about practices and proactive planning for the long-term preservation of their materials. Grants, workshops, and consulting services help institutions develop and implement preservation programs and disaster plans for their collections.
Through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) direct grant program, the MBLC offers grants to libraries to help fund preservation and conservation efforts.
MBLC partners with COSTEP-MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness) to connect libraries and the emergency management community.
Topics include Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Basic Repair of Library and Archival Materials, and Library and Archival Security.
The MBLC's environmental monitoring program helps institutions assess their Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they support the long-term viability of their collections.
As a part of the program, temperature and relative humidity "dataloggers" are installed for five months to help users see the effects of the environment on library materials and evaluate how the library's internal environment compares with recommended preservation guidelines. The devices record temperature and relative humidity. Light and ultra-violet radiation readings are taken at the time of installation and retrieval of the dataloggers. Each participating institution receives a detailed report at the end of the monitoring period.