MLS is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Boston Public Library/Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to expand the “Browse Borrow Board” program to reach MassDOT locations across Massachusetts. This 1-year pilot will run September 2023 to September 2024.
The Browse Borrow Board program brings MassDOT riders the opportunity to browse digital audiobooks, eBooks, newspapers and magazines while waiting for their bus to arrive before borrowing and enjoying their reading materials on the go. No library card is needed to access the collection; the community can fill in an online form found via QR codes posted at MassDOT locations to register.
All registered users will receive an email confirming their registration, along with information on how to connect with their local library.
Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) across MA will be invited to join the program on a rolling basis. Check the box below to see if your RTA has signed on yet.
Metrowest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)- mid October 2023 launch.
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)- late October 2023 launch
Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA)- early November 2023 launch
Pioneer Valley Regional Transit Authority (PVTA)- November 2023 launch
Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA)- early December 2023 launch
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA)- December 2023 launch
This program supports our Strategic Plan Initiative 1, Goal 3 FY24 Action: “MLS will continue to explore new service opportunities with our statewide collaborators.”
This work also continues our commitment to equity, ensuring those in underserved communities across the commonwealth benefit from statewide resources.
Libraries and library staff in Massachusetts are welcome to send suggestions for content to be added to the site. Please fill in this form: Browse Borrow Board - Statewide Content Request for general suggestions or email firstname.lastname@example.org with longer title lists (in excel, with ISBNs please).