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.
New Brochure is in the works!
This brochure describes who MHEC is, shows you how to create a username and password, list contacts, shows you what other contracts are available, and goes over some of the info. on the library contracts (L50, L51, L52, & L53 ).
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.
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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:
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).
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 https://www.mhec.net/staff/
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.
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.
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.
Still have questions? Visit our FAQ!