SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing $6.5 million in grants to help public libraries improve the quality of the free computer access they offer.

The money announced Thursday will pay for computer hardware updates at some of the 800 library branches in Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

There are some qualifications on receiving the grants, but this is a great opportunity for Libraries to improve the services they offer their patrons.

The intermediary organizations to manage the grant include Bibliographical Center for Research, Hawaii State Public Library System, Illinois State Library, Indiana State Library, Minnesota State Library Services, Missouri State Library, Nebraska Library Commission, NELINET, State Library of Ohio, South Dakota State Library, and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning.

The entire Gates Foundation Press Release

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