Cleveland Public Library Partners with PCs for People to Bridge the Digital Divide in the City

Cleveland Public Library is teaming up with PCs for People to get computers and hotspots to more Cuyahoga County homes.  

“Cleveland Public Library is committed to helping bridge the digital divide,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “Our partnership with PCs for People will get more families access to essential devices needed for virtual schooling, career assistance and more.”

Starting this month, PCs for People is expanding the program to now provide free computers and hotspots to qualified job seekers and senior citizens. Program requirements can be found at Interested job seekers and senior citizens should call (216) 777-4441 or email Families with students in grades K-12 attending public and charter school who need a computer or hotspot can apply here or call (216) 777-4441 to leave a message for assistance.

“There’s a great need for computers and internet connectivity in the greater Cleveland area,” remarks Bryan Mauk, Executive Director for PCs for People. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how essential the internet is for families to stay connected and access the things they need. Whether it’s remote classes, searching for work or social services, our partnership with Cleveland Public Library will help us increase our reach in Cuyahoga County.”

Cleveland Public Library will serve as a pickup location for PCs for People clients. Approved applicants can pick up their devices at one of three neighborhood branches: South BrooklynWest Park, and Woodland.

The Library will host a pop-up computer distribution event at our Collinwood Branch on Monday, November 23 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Applications are available at the branch. Residents are encouraged to register in advance at the Library. Some computers may be made available for people who do not pre-register. To receive a computer or hotspot, dated proof of school enrollment is required. 

The computer and hotspot giveaway are part of an initiative between Cuyahoga County and the Cleveland Foundation to support residents during the pandemic.

Families can visit PCs for People or visit Cleveland Public Library for more information. The Library is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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