New Computers Installed

The North Riverside Public Library is one of 15 Illinois libraries that received part of a $400,000 grant designed to enhance residents’ broadband computer access. The North Riverside facility’s share is almost $25,000 from an Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded the Illinois State Library, which redistributed the money.

The library plans to use the grant funds to upgrade its eight public access computers in January 2013 and offer instruction in computer use. Instruction will begin with basic computer skills and lead to how to use those skills to find a job.

In addition to funding the new computers, the grant also will pay for laptops to be used for one-on-one instruction; additional bandwidth to increase the speed of the Library’s network; and the salaries of part-time instructors.

The North Riverside Public Library offers:

  • 6 Internet computers, 2 SWAN computers, and 1 printer in Adult Services
  • 2 Internet computers, 2 SWAN computers, and 1 printer in Youth Services
  • 3 computers with games for kids in Youth Services

North Riverside Public Library also offers free wireless Internet access, or WiFi, throughout the building.

If you have any questions regarding the computers at North Riverside Public Library, please ask: