The Massachusetts Governor’s Office announced at a press conference on Thursday, October 29 that Governor Patrick is considering closing the State Library of Massachusetts as a cost-saving measure.

Open to the public since 1826, the State Library has developed comprehensive collections in the areas of government documents, law, Massachusetts history, and public and current affairs. From the Bradford manuscript “Of Plimoth Plantation” to the ever-expanding digital repository, the State Library has collected items of crucial importance to the record of Massachusetts’ historical wealth.

A petition is being circulated. I urge my readers to sign this petition to ensure that Massachusetts’ heritage continues to remain freely accessible to all members of the public.

I note that a rally is being held in Boston today to protest the proposed cuts in library funding.