State Aid to Public Libraries

What is State Aid to Public Libraries?

State Aid to Public Libraries is an annual, voluntary program administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The purpose of State Aid to Public Libraries is:

  • to encourage municipalities to support and improve public library service
  • to encourage reciprocal resource sharing among libraries across Massachusetts
  • to compensate for disparities among municipal funding capacities
  • to offset additional costs to municipalities whose libraries circulate materials to patrons from other certified Massachusetts municipalities

Who are eligible for the State Aid to Public Libraries?

A municipality and its library must be certified by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to receive State Aid to Public Libraries.

How to apply for the State Aid to Public Libraries?

To be certified each fiscal year, a library & its municipality must:

  • meet its Municipal Appropriation Requirement
  • meet Minimum Standards of Free Public Library Service
  • submit the following:
    • Annual Report Information Survey (ARIS) form
    • Financial Report
    • State Aid to Public Libraries Application & Compliance Form
    • Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR) Waiver Application (if necessary)

How much funding is available for the State Aid to Public Libraries?

State Aid to Public Libraries funding is appropriated annually by the legislature.

Where to send applications for the State Aid to Public Libraries?

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 North Washington St., Suite 401
Boston, Massachusetts 02114

For more information on the State Aid to Public Libraries , contact:

info@mblc.state.ma.us

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