Skip to Main Content

Purchasing Cooperative: Home

MHEC Membership

MHEC Trainings & Meetings

Mark your Calendar for the following Member Events:


2023 MHEC Expo

Date:  Sept. 20, 2023

More info. to follow





Library Landing Pages by State

Welcome New England libraries!  We are happy you have found our new library pages.  We hope they help you in more easily sourcing solutions to the products and services you regularly purchase and additionally, bring awareness to other solutions from our contract portfolio that will save you time and money and "Maximize Purchasing Power"  To get started CLICK HERE, you will then be prompted to click on your state.

MHEC Library Quick Reference Brochure


2023 MHEC Membership Brochure

This brochure describes who MHEC is, the benefits of being a member, and list all the library specific contacts and contracts that support operations.,  In the brochure you will also find out how to use the i buy Marketplace.

Stay Up To Date with the latest MLS & MHEC Co-op Information

Stay up to date on the latest MHEC Coop news and training dates!

Select the link below to be added to our MHEC Purchasing Coop Email list.

You will be redirected to a page requesting your contact information. Fill in the appropriate information and stay informed with the  MHEC Purchasing Coop!

Click Here to sign up for MHEC electronic communications


The Massachusetts Library System is collaborating with the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) to provide consortium pricing for library supplies and materials.

MHEC is a New England-wide purchasing consortium open to all public and private institution of higher education, municipalities, schools and educational organizations throughout Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. MHEC uses its large member base and procurement expertise to negotiate high cost-savings for members. MLS works closely with MHEC to ensure the products that libraries purchase are available at the best prices possible.






MLS and MHEC currently work together on five contracts:

L50 Library: Supplies, Archival Products & Equipment
L51 Library: Books and Media
L52 Library: Print Subscription Management Service
L53 Library:  Equipment, Related Software adn Service
L54 Library:  Library Digital Technologies


All MLS Members are eligible to use these contracts whether or not they are also members of MHEC. MHEC conducts its procurement in a fair, open and competitive manner consistent with the MA Chapter 30B requirements. The MHEC Contract Managers and staff have completed MCPPO training and/or are fully designated MCPPO's (Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officials).


MHEC Welcomes New Library Contracts Specialist






Attention MHEC Members & Suppliers, Please join us in Welcoming Ryan Kidder!

Ryan Kidder is a Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC).  Ryan works to bring MHEC members the best multi-vendor contracts in terms of cost-avoidance, product choice, and service depth.


Ryan has extensive municipal and educational procurement experience and was instrumental in establishing an internal procurement department for the Springfield Public Schools.  There he worked to manage the procurement and contracts on behalf of the schools, ensuring adherence to Massachusetts State purchasing guidelines.


Ryan holds a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a certified project manager through PMI International.




For an updated list of

MHEC Membership Information

By becoming a member of the MLS/MHEC Purchasing Cooperative you are not limited to only the library related contracts, you are open to all of the contracts that MHEC has to offer.  Here is a list of just a few of the contracts that your library may be interested in:

Educational Supplies - example:  Chalk boards, Athletic equipment, and Graduation accessories

Furniture - example:  Shelves, Lockers, Moveable screens, Mattress covers, and Lounge furniture

Travel Services - example:  Vehicle rental, Airport parking and transportation

In order to view the complete list of contracts you do need to join MHEC.

Training Videos

By clicking on the individual training links, you will get assistance with registering and logging into the website, how to navigate searching the contracts and an overview of MHEC.

Added Member Benefits

MHEC provides additional membership benefits through monthly promotions and its Marketplace, designed to make online purchasing even easier! Here you will find vendors who are offering special discounts as well as links to contracted supply vendors websites.

MHEC Information

MLS & MHEC Contact Information

MLS Contacts:

Shirley MacLean
(866) 627-7228 ext. 130
Betsy Meaden
(866) 627-7228 ext. 119


MHEC Contacts:

Ryan Kidder, Sr. Strategic Sourcing Mgr. PMP
(413) 992-2576
Rika Monzillo, Sr. Strategic Sourcing Mgr. MCPPO
(413) 992-2506






Still have questions? Visit our FAQ!

Member Service/Staff Support