From the Back Bay Patch:
State Representatives Marty Walz and Byron Rushing announce a new state-funded initiative for Boston Public Library that will expand library resources across the Commonwealth and provide additional state funding for Boston’s library system.
BPL will develop and maintain the Library for the Commonwealth, a statewide digital library. It is an expansion of BPL’s nationally recognized leadership role and ensures that its expertise and resources extend far beyond Boston’s city limits.
Residents will be able to access a spectrum of resources, ranging from local town records to research collections of academic institutions, historical societies and archives across the state. The program is a partnership with Digital Commonwealth, an existing organization of libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions.
In addition to the expansion and oversight of the powerful statewide digital library, the program entitles all Massachusetts residents to participate in a statewide inter-library loan program, have a BPL library card with unrestricted borrowing privileges, and use BPL’s reference and research services.