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“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is the State Agency authorized to administer the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program. Each year, the MBLC receives an allotment based on population and the level of federal appropriation. The Institute of Museum and Library Services administers these funds. The MBLC must meet the matching and maintenance of effort requirements of the legislation, as well as submit a five-year plan for administering the program. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has approved the Massachusetts LSTA Long Range Plan 2013-2017.

The MBLC uses LSTA funding to support statewide initiatives that enhance the services local libraries can supply and a competitive grant program that provides local libraries the financial resources to develop programs and innovative ideas. Statewide projects include licensed databases, disaster recovery and emergency assistance, and the Virtual Catalog.