Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
On this page:
Reopening Your Library
For Massachusetts Libraries
Frequently Asked Questions
MBLC Library Information
Emergency State Aid Policy Changes FY 2021
On January 7, 2021 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) unanimously voted to adjust policies to the State Aid to Public Libraries program. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Commonwealth’s municipal libraries, staff, Trustees, and patrons.
Report Your Library Status and Services to MBLC
MA Public Libraries -- Please complete the form below. You should resubmit this form each time there is an update in your library operations, e.g, hours or services offered. You may also contact MBLC with information about library closures, reductions in hours, and program cancellations.
All MA Libraries -- If there is a change in your hours, please update the information in the MBLC Library Directory, which is accessible to the public.
MBLC Statewide Library Directory (for the public)
Update your information, including COVID-19 status, in the Statewide Library Directory. Share your status (e.g. closed, curbside, open with restrictions), and provide the best points of contact for your library right now, as well as additional information aimed at the public. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Sample Library Reopening Plans
Examples of Library Use by Appointment
Examples of Curbside Delivery
For School Libraries
Reopening Plan PLC
MSLA facilitated a discussion on reopening school libraries in August 2020 designed as a professional learning community (PLC). We discussed a range of reopening topics including materials circulation and quarantining books, socially distanced library services, modifying the space and adapting services to online and hybrid modes. Members bounced ideas off of colleagues. All were welcome. This was flexible, informal, and virtual with111 MSLA members participating. The results of this important work, including sample plans, resources, and a template, are available on this site.
For Special Libraries
Plan to Re-open
Howe Library, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary (Special: Health Sciences Library)
Resources provided are for informational purposes only, not specifically endorsed by MLS, and not meant to substitute for advice from a medical or public health professional.