Low-Cost Technology Options

Technology can be expensive! Here are some low cost options for you to consider:

Open Source Technology. Open Source Technology is often free. However, it may not be what your patrons are used to. Check out some options for alternatives to commonly used software.

Cloud Based Technology. There are a number of cloud based technology that are free. A cloud based technology is one that you have to be connected to the internet in order to use.

Tech Soup for Libraries. Tech Soup is a nonprofit that assist public libraries with technology. It includes refurbished hardware, as well as discounted brand-name software. You may also want to check out their "how to do it" section for small and rural libraries.

Connect2Compete. This program offers deeply discounted internet service and computers to individuals who meet the income requirements. This option is only available for individuals. However, it's something to let patrons know about.