The MBLC recognizes an additional commitment to small public libraries in Massachusetts through a variety of programs and services. Small public libraries are generally recognized as public libraries in municipalites under 10,000 in population.
The Small Libraries in Network program helps Massachusetts public libraries in municipalites under 10,000 afford membership in an automated resource sharing network. The MBLC believes that full participation in a resource sharing network is the best way to fully serve residents and provide equal access to materials from all over the state.
LSTA grants will help a small library join a network. The network applies on behalf of your library.
Annual support through account 7000-9506 helps offset the annual costs of membership. Offsets between $1,200 and $2,700 are adjusted based on the library's budget vs. the network assessment and the municipal EQV.
Small Library Forums
MBLC and MLS jointly produce small library forums to provide continuing education and best practices for libraries, as well as to hear from the small library community. Libraries also able to showcase projects and services that might be replicated by their peers.
Construction Projects for Small Libraries
MBLC construction consulting staff have expertise with all sizes of public libraries. Support for small libraries in particular is being developed.
MBLC Professional Collection
The MBLC library has a number of publications on small public library management.
MBLC titles are searchable through the NOBLE catalog.
- NOBLE members: Request directly through the NOBLE catalog.
- Members of other networks: Request through the Commonwealth Catalog.
- If you need help: Contact Erin Williams Hart, or call 1-800-952-7403 (in-state)/617-725-1860, ext. 232.
Our loan period is generally one month. We are happy to extend this loan period unless we have a reserve list for a particular book.