Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) have partnered with PCs for People to provide computers and laptops to eligible families and students. These retired items are no longer used in CML locations and would otherwise be recycled.
To support this effort, the CMLF participated in the nationwide Giving Tuesday Now philanthropic campaign on May 5, raising more than $12,000 for its new Innovation Fund. With this fund, the CMLF will identify and support organizations and causes that are responding to areas of urgent community need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PCs for People represents the first organization to receive support from the CMLF’s Innovation Fund, and $3,000 is being used to reduce the typical $80 fee for a computer or laptop down to $20.
“As a public library, one of our primary missions is to bridge the digital divide that continues to widen in the communities we serve,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “As our 23 locations remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever that we work to ensure equal access to technology for our customers.”
Income-eligible individuals are required to pre-register to reserve a computer or laptop. Click here
to learn more about eligibility, registration and the curbside pickup day on Tuesday, May 19.