State Aid to Public Libraries is an annual, voluntary program administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners that distributes local aid to municipalities. It encourages municipal support and improvement for public library service, bolsters reciprocal resource sharing among libraries, compensates for differences in municipal funding capacities, and offsets costs to libraries that circulate materials to patrons from other certified municipalities.Of the 351 municipalities in Massachusetts, 350 provide public library service to their residents. More information about the program can be found on the State Aid page at the MBLC website.
To see summary information and program highlights of the State Aid to Public Libraries program for each fiscal year, click on the tabs near the top of this page.
This website, and other programs of the MBLC, 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.