The Value of MLS Membership

MLS provides critical, cost-effective service to libraries statewide and returns more than $54 million in value to local municipalities. That’s more than $7 return on investment for every $1 in state funding!

Sharing Resources and Statewide Delivery
MLS delivers nearly 15 million items among Massachusetts libraries. This saves local libraries time and money… more than $37 million each year!Discounts
MLS offers libraries discounts on books, technology, furniture and more. These contracts save more than $12 million annually!

24/7 Digital Resources
Each year, school children, college students and other library visitors download more than 8 million full text articles from the databases. This program saves $7.5 million each year!

Future-Ready Libraries
Training and support today help libraries to meet the challenges they will face tomorrow and beyond. This saves local libraries more than $600,000 annually!

Summer Library Events
More than 400,000 kids, teens, and adults attend summer reading programs hosted by libraries throughout the Commonwealth with this support. This program saves libraries more than $400,000 each year!