As demand for technology and internet access increases, more and more people depend on technology provided by public libraries for their daily computer and internet needs. This simple but tremendously helpful grant has allowed libraries in Washington County to better serve the information needs of citizens working to secure quality jobs, study for school, and better their lives and their families.
Libraries in Washington County provide free access to computers and high-speed wireless internet to more than 35,000 visitors each year! In addition to free wi-fi inside during business hours and outside of the buildings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, library computer labs provide citizens with valuable software, job search, resume writing assistance, and basic technology training from library staff and volunteers! None of this would be possible without a server and computers. This grant has helped update the county-wide network by assisting with the purchase of a new server at the main library, which is responsible for the computer networking for all shared cataloging/circulation software, storage, and internet for both libraries. The grant also helped provide new computers for the McIntosh Branch Location.