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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

MPLCP Planning & Design: Background

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.

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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