FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2000
OC Public Library
Receives $56,000 Gates Foundation Grant
The Orange County Public Library system
has received a $56,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation to provide funds for the expansion of
public access to computers and the Internet.
According to County Librarian John Adams, "This funding
moves us one step closer to our goal of providing accessible
information in all formats to all communities served,
and will provide a stronger base on which to continue
to build and enhance our library services."
The grant is part of over $11 million the Gates Foundation
earmarked for public libraries and their branches in California
that serve communities at or above the 10 percent poverty
level, as determined by the 1990 census.
Dr. Kevin Starr, California State Librarian said, "Our
goal is to ensure that information of all kinds is readily
available to all of California's citizens. This wonderful
gift from Bill and Melinda Gates will make certain that
no Californian finds himself or herself on the wrong side
of the digital divide. Not since Andrew Carnegie has there
been such a dramatic intervention by the private sector
into public library development."
The funding received by OCPL will go towards 22 computers
and four printers.