The State Library Board Approves a Second Round of Grants for High Speed Fiber Connections to the Connecticut Education Network  


 (Hartford, CT) The State Library Board recently approved a second round of grants to public libraries for high-speed fiber connections to the Connecticut Education Network (CEN). A total of $533,760 was awarded to 23 public libraries.  Public libraries serve as critical gateways to information outside one’s own community, and in the Information Age this role has become even more important. Libraries give people without home computers free access to the Internet, helping residents close the digital divide. As reliance upon public libraries to provide broadband telecommunications services for their community increases, it becomes essential to have universal high speed connectivity in libraries across the state.

In 2015, the General Assembly appropriated $3,600,000 for Grants-in-Aid for high-speed connections to the Connecticut Education Network (P.A. 15-1 Sec. 13(j)(2)). On May 27, 2016 the State Bond Commission approved an allocation and bond authorization to the State Library for $3.6 million for high speed library connections to the Connecticut Education Network for more than 90 libraries in Connecticut.

The grant covers all of the costs related to installing the fiber connection to the library. It is anticipated that the connections will be completed in the first half of 2017.  The State Library Board is expected to award another round of grants in January.

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Wintonbury Branch Library – Prosser Public Library


$           8,580

Burlington Public Library


$         29,400

Booth & Dimock Memorial Library


$         40,800

Library Association of Warehouse Point

East Windsor

$         22,520

Hall Memorial Library


$         42,320

Brainerd Memorial Library


$         19,880

E.C. Scranton Memorial Library


$         14,740

Levi E. Coe Library


$         18,450

Milford Public Library


$         18,850

New Milford Public Library

New Milford

$         24,000

Cyrenius H. Booth Library


$         19,460

Norfolk Library


$         17,650

North Branford Public Libraries

North Branford

$         30,350

Douglas Library

North Canaan

$         20,840

Minor Memorial Library


$         22,100

Scoville Memorial Library


$         20,600

Seymour Public Library


$         23,200

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon


 $         21,760

Southbury Public Library


$         26,120

Thomaston Public Library


$         22,350

West Haven Library

West Haven

$         16,360

Windsor Locks Public Library

Windsor Locks

$         22,480

Woodbury Public Library


 $         30,950



$      533,760

















Robert W. Kinney |Outreach Services Librarian || Office: (860) 757-6668 | 231 Capitol Ave. Hartford CT 06106 | Fax: (860) 757-6503

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