Three Rivers Library, GOCC receive $150K grant to expand technological resources

Pictured is the main room of the Three Rivers Public Library at 88 N. Main St. The library began curbside service at its new downtown location for the first time on Monday, September 21. (Photo courtesy of Clayton Lyczynski II)

Grant will help libraries work with residents, students in need of internet access

The Three Rivers Public Library and Glen Oaks Community College have been selected to receive funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Cares Act Grant. The grant allows the libraries to purchase 30 laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots for circulation at each library.  

The competitive award comes with a $150,000 grant that will help the libraries expand the access to internet in the communities that they serve for a two-year period. 

“Internet access is an issue for many in our community and we are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” Three Rivers Library Director Bobbi Schoon said. “This grant will allow our patrons to check out a laptop and Wi-Fi kit that they can utilize at home to apply for jobs, research information, access education and more.”

Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier added, “At the onset of the pandemic, we learned that access to technology was a barrier for many. Our job quickly became one of serving our students in this area. The grant will help us continue to meet the ever-increasing technology needs of our students.”

If you are interested more information about these offerings, please contact the Three Rivers Public Library or Glen Oaks Community College.