The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has dedicated more than $4.8 million to improve public access to computers and the Internet in Michigan.
The grants, which will support 220 library systems in Michigan, are part of the Gates Foundation Library Program, dedicated to tech access for public libraries. The program targets low-income communities throughout the United States and Canada.
The first round of program grants went to libraries in seven states. Michigan and 11 other states make up the second funding round, which will continue through 2001.
In addition to the funds, libraries will also receive software contributions from Microsoft Corporation.