Funding for Library Resource Sharing and the Massachusetts Center for the Book are at risk. Please consider submitting this automated letter that will be sent to your senator(s) and representative(s) explaining the reasons we need to keep critical funding for Resource Sharing AND for the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
In the FY 2017 state budget proposal funding to libraries through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) was reduced by $450,009. Find detailed information in their July 11th press release.
“Libraries provide vital services for all residents. Demand for services is up for the tenth year in a row. The statewide resource sharing system and the collaborative way in which we work has helped libraries maintain core services, but we can’t provide the modern library services residents need when funding is reduced to a level that we haven’t seen for nearly twenty years,” said MBLC Director Dianne Carty.