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Name: James
Title: Director
Organization: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Address: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 N Washington St Ste 401
City: Boston
State: MA
Zip Code: 02114
Phone: (617) 725-1860 (222) n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Charlie Baker
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: <
Trustee Association:
Other State Library Links:
      Consumer Web Site:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2013
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 6,547,629
Number of Public Libraries: 370
Total Circulation: 63,502,775
Circulation Per Capita: 9.64
Total Library Operating Income: $269,778,607
Total Expenditures: $256,546,144
Expenditures per capita: $38.95
State Support: $6,823,657
Total Construction Funding: $16,500,000
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 6,586,493


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2013
Governance Structure: Independent agency, reporting to governor
Library Legislation: 19.htm
Library Standards:
Minimum standards for free public library service established by the Board of Library Commissioners: .php
Allied and Other Special Operations:
The agency funds 1 regional library system that provides services (delivery, interlibrary loan, database licensing, CE and training, consulting and technical assistance, and supplemental collections) to 1750 libraries of all types. The Boston Public Library receives funding for the reference and research needs of the Commonwealth. The Perkins School for the Blind serves as regional LBPH and the Worcester Public Library as sub-regional LBPH.
Number of Service Outlets: 1
Collections: 1,750
Staff: 22
Income: $41,620,105
Expenditures: $41,620,105
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:
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