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Grant Documents

Refer to the following documents and websites throughout the planning process.


What is an MPLCP Planning & Design Grant?

A Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) Planning and Design Grant is a state grant administered by the Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

The purpose of the grant is to provide financial support to municipalities in order to plan and design improvement and/or expansion of their public library facilities. It is not intended to provide assistance for activities such as repair or maintenance. Planning and Design Grants assist libraries in preparing for the MPLCP Construction Grant application process.


What is the MBLC?

Established in 1890, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is a state agency that supports, improves and promotes library services throughout the Commonwealth.

For information about the full range of Board activities, please see their website at


What is the MPLCP?

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities for planning, design, improvement and expansion of their public library facilities. State regulations 605 CMR 6.00 govern the program.

The MPLCP was first funded by a state bond authorization in 1987. The program awards Planning and Design Grants to support public libraries as they prepare to apply for a Construction Grant. Between 1987 and 2012, the MPLCP helped build 51 new library buildings and 126 addition, renovation, and conversion projects.

This Web site, and other programs of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is funded in part with funds from
the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.


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