• Mass Municipal Association

    Information for visitors from the MMA

  • Outdoor Library Wi-Fi

    Access Library Wi-Fi even when buildings are closed

  • Library Space: A Planning Resource

    This all new resource is now available!

  • Virtual Events Calendar

    Library programming from your home


Latest activities and updates from the MBLC

January 19, 2021 - Outdoor Library Wi-Fi Provides Access for Many

When COVID 19 forced schools and business to switch to remote learning and working, it became clear that not everyone across the Commonwealth had access to high-speed internet in their homes or their communities. For the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), this wasn’t new inf...READ MORE

January 06, 2021 - FY2021 Budget Finalized

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s budget vetoes finalizing the FY2021 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and restoring funding to the MBLC budget lines to the highest level in nearly two decades. State Aid to Public Libraries (70...READ MORE

January 05, 2021 - The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Vicky Biancolo

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Vicky Biancolo of Pittsfield who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board. “It is an honor to be appointed as a Commissioner to work with libraries statewide” said Comm...READ MORE

Library Directory

From the MBLC Blog

Library Space During the Pandemic and Beyond

By Lauren Stara and Andrea Bunker, Library Building Specialists at the MBLC Libraries all over the world are striving to satisfy the needs of their patrons during this pandemic, some in buildings and spaces that were inadequate prior to these unprecedented times. The staff of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program have been working to … Continue reading Library Space During the Pandemic and Beyond

Libraries in the News

Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Librarian Kay Lyons has journeyed with local children for almost three decades to places like Wonderland, Narnia and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but when she retires in March, it’s her turn. She and her husband, Rick Roy, will take some trips of their own, though never forgetting the joy she’s known. Read more … Continue reading Children’s librarian Kay Lyons to retire: ‘I found I had a way with children’

Plymouth Public Library Director Jennifer Harris retiring

After nearly three decades of service to the town, the director of the Plymouth Public Library is moving on. But Jennifer Harris will continue to work in support of libraries in retirement and may get even more involved in local government. Read more from Wicked Local Plymouth

Amherst council gets go-ahead to use $1M in CPA funds on Jones Library work

In a reversal from earlier in the year, the Community Preservation Act Committee is recommending that the Town Council use $1 million from the account for the proposed build-out of a new special collections room at the Jones Library. Read more from the Daily Hampshire Gazette