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Information, resources, and advice for library trustees in Massachusetts.

MBLC Trustee Handbook

The updated Massachusetts Public Library Trustee Handbook and Trusty Trustee Pocket Guide are now available.  Use the handbook as a starting point to help guide you in your role as trustee, for questions regarding board operations, searching for a new director, budget planning, fundraising and more. The pocket guide is a quick reference tool to have on hand at board meetings.
As always, the consultants at MBLC are available for more personalized support.

Upcoming Trustee Orientations

Would you like to host a Trustee Orientation? Please be in touch! 

See the Training for Trustees page for more information about Trustee Orientations and future sessions.


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Web Resources


While some of these articles are not specifically about library boards, you may find them of interest.

NOTE: Full-text access for the following articles is limited to Massachusetts. To access full text:
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Join the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association

Become a member of the MLTA! Please email for membership inquiries.

Contact MBLC

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Phone: 617-725-1860 

As of March 13, 2020, the majority of MBLC staff are working remotely. 

NPR Special Series on Libraries

From Andrew Carnegie to modern makeovers, take a listen to this special series on American libraries from NPR.

Join the MA Trustees Email List

Our list is an electronic information forum for Massachusetts trustees to discuss topics of interest and to share advice and best practices.

State Resources

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