In order for a public library to be certified in Massachusetts it must meet certain minimum standard of funding and service mandated by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. A public library that does not meet the minimum standards is “decertified” by the Massachusetts Board of Library commissioners and is not eligible to receive state aid funding, apply for LSTA grant funds, or enter into any contracts with the region to provide supplemental services.
Massachusetts General Laws (605 CMR 4.01) state that certified public libraries are not required to loan materials to residents of municipalities with decertified libraries.
This policy aims to address the issue of the fair and appropriate use of Billerica tax dollars spent on public library service by limiting the reliance of a municipality with a decertified library on the Billerica Public Library and its resources.
The Billerica Public Library upholds the importance of maintaining at least the minimum standards of public library service required for public library certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and therefore will not loan materials to residents of municipalities with decertified libraries.
Public libraries that receive a waiver from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners are considered certified. Residents of municipalities in which the library has received a waiver will be permitted to borrow materials.
As stated in the Mass. General Laws (605 CMR 4.01) “all residents of the Commonwealth shall have access to reading and reference rooms under the same conditions as residents of the community.” Therefore the Billerica Public Library welcomes residents of all municipalities. However, residents of municipalities with decertified libraries are only able to use library resources within the bounds of the library building.
The Board of Library Trustees of the Billerica Public Library therefore direct the Library Director to deny borrowing privileges, including interlibrary loan, to residents of communities with closed or decertified libraries.
Adopted by vote of the Library Board of Trustees December 2003