FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Medway Library and Regionalization

Will we stay certified after we end the intermunicipal agreement with Franklin?

Yes. We meet all the certification requirements, and our recommended FY2012 budget is sufficient to keep us certified.

Will we be able to borrow materials from other libraries after we end the agreement with Franklin?

Yes. We are a certified Massachusetts library, therefore all other certified Massachusetts libraries are required to share materials with us as well as each other.

Don't we need Franklin's Director in order to stay certified?

No. Our Assistant to the Library Director will serve as our Acting Director. She has a Masters in Library Science and a Massachusetts Certificate of Librarianship, which are the MA Board of Library Commissioners' requirements for a Permanent Library Director.

What passes will be available to Medway residents after we end the agreement with Franklin?

The following passes will be available through Medway Library as of July 1 (some are already available):

Boston Children's Museum, Ecotarium, Garden in the Woods, Massachusetts Parks Pass, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Mystic Aquarium, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Wheelock Theater.

What does "Regional Library Service" mean?

Through automated resource sharing networks, statewide databases, and buying cooperatives, Massachusetts libraries enjoy a high degree of regionalization just by being certified; you can borrow materials from more than 300 other Massachusetts libraries and use many electronic databases.

The MA Board of Library Commissioners defines a “Regional Library” as ONE physical building that is shared and administered jointly by more than one municipality. Hamilton-Wenham is the only Regional Library in Massachusetts; it was built using a state library construction grant.

The MA Board of Library Commissioners defines a "Joint Public Library" as separate library buildings in separate municipalities, run as one financial entity. There are no Joint Public Libraries in Massachusetts.

If either community's library in a Regional or Joint Public Library loses state certification, both communities' libraries lose certification. For example, if we regionalize with Franklin and they lose certification, so do we.

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