Libraries

City of Somerville FY21 Budget

Mission Statement

The Somerville Public Library enhances the Somerville experience by acting as a trusted community connector, providing cultural and learning opportunities to all.

Changes from FY20

Personal Services are projected 2.3% higher than FY20. This reflects:

  • 28% increase in Salaries to accommodate pay increases for collective bargaining members,
  • 50% decrease in funding for vacant Deputy Library Director position,
  • 25% decrease in funding for vacant Librarian III West Branch position,
  • 12% decrease in funding for vacant Library First Assistant position,
  • 16% decrease in Overtime to represent 15 weeks of Central closing at 1pm on Saturdays, instead of 5pm; and Central remaining closed on Sundays for 5 additional weeks past Labor Day.,
  • Salary& Wages Temporary reduced by 24% minimal need for part-time staff due to reduction of services being offered while library facilities remain closed.,
  • 6% decrease in Shift Differential to reflect the anticipated reduction in hours of services at Library locations throughout the summer.

Ordinary Maintenance is proposed 1.2% higher than FY20. This reflects increases in costs as well as the utilization of MBLC State Aid to bridge gaps as needed:


  • $14,700 increase in Online Subscriptions as patrons increasingly utilize online resources
  • 100% decrease for Educational Supplies [To be funded from Library State Aid Grant]
  • 100% decrease in Office Supplies [To be funded from Library State Aid Grant]
  • 100% decrease in Book Theft System [To be funded from Library State Aid Grant]
  • 19% decrease in Internet Maintenance [To be funded from Library State Aid Grant]

List of Personnel vacancies

Deputy Library Director - Vacant as of March 2020, funded 50%

Lib III West Branch Head - Vacant as of November 2019, funded 75%

Lib II Teen Librarian - Vacant as of November 2020, funded 100%

Tech III - Library First Assistant - Vacant as of June 2020, funded 88%

FY21 Budget Proposal

Departmental Organization

FY21 Positions Listing