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info guide for MA library staff about the Boston Public Library/MassDOT/MLS statewide pilot of the Browse Borrow Board program


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. a circular image with icons of a blurred out QRcode, a mobile device and someone sitting on a bench reading on their mobile device, surrounded by the words "free, gratis, magazines, books, journais"

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. 

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Current onboarding

MLS strategic initiatives

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.

Collection Suggestions

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 with longer title lists (in excel, with ISBNs please).

Program Contacts

Jaclyn Youngblood
Deputy Chief of Possibility Officer

Michael Colford
Director of Library Services
Boston Public Library

Sarah Sogigian
Executive Director
Massachusetts Library System