Summer 2008

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Broadband Access - From the State Library

Summer 2008 issue of Trustee

According to a national study funded by the American Library Association in 2007, 95 percent of public libraries in New York do not have adequate broadband access.  The New York State Library, in an effort to improve connectivity in public libraries, was awarded a Universal Broadband Access Grant in the amount of $621,010 from the New York State Office for Technology (OFT) through the NYS Universal Broadband Access Grant Program. The State Library will work with the state's public library systems and the New York Library Association (NYLA) to implement a project entitled “Bringing Broadband to New York’s Libraries,” a project that targets public libraries in high need areas of the state, both rural and urban.

Many public libraries not only struggle with the high cost of broadband connectivity but also with upgrading their technology. The State Library has obtained a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will provide 421 public libraries with $5.6 million in new public access computers and peripherals.

Studies show that public libraries are already the primary place New Yorkers turn to in the local community for public access computing and digital literacy training. Many libraries sponsor regularly scheduled classes for people of all ages in how to use computers, email, computer software programs, the Internet, online library electronic resources like those offered by the NOVELNY pilot project and much more. With the increased broadband access and up to date computers from these two special grant programs, the State Library and its partners are helping New York's public libraries provide even more exciting opportunities for lifelong learning and enjoyment.

For more information on the Universal Broadband Access Grant Program go to the New York State Library website at and click on “NYSL Receives Broadband Access Grant.” For more information on
the Gates Online Opportunity Hardware Grant Program go to

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