Q. What is the MA Statewide Database program?
The statewide databases provide all who live, work and learn in Massachusetts with access to a wide array of resources at an incredible savings. Funding for the program comes from the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and federal LSTA funding administered by MBLC. Currently, the program includes magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and books from providers Gale, ProQuest and Britannica. MLS and MBLC share costs for the program - $2 million - and provide support to more than 1,500 MLS member libraries statewide. These services are also made available on the consumer portal, mass.gov/libraries.