Gates Foundation U.S. Library Program
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported U.S. Libraries since 2002. Beginning with a computer grant to over 100 public libraries and branches, the foundation has supported training on the use of public access computers, sustainability training for library administrators, outreach to spanish speakers and speakers of other languages, and a second round of hardware support.
During 2011 through 2013, the Foundation is helping the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, in partnership with the Massachusetts Library System and the C/W Mars library network, support the rollout of fiber connectivity to libraries in western and parts of central Massachusetts.