Library Computer Lab

The Show Low Library Computer Lab was established in April 2001 to provide public computer and Internet access and classes for Show Low, Navajo County and the communities of the White Mountains.  From 2001 to 2007 funding for computers and software was made possible by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In January 2011, the Show Low Library received $26,000, as part of a larger $1,600,000 award to the Arizona State Library, which has managed the statewide Arizona Public Access Computers (AzPAC) Project.  This project was developed to meet Arizona’s growing public library technology needs.  AzPAC was funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, as part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration & U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary project goals have been to provide additional access to public computers, reduce wait times for computers, and support access to 21st century skills training and electronic resources.

This award allowed the Show Low Library to purchase of 17 state of the art computers and software, with Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and other Office software products), and Corel PaintShop Pro, for photo editing.  This provides our community the opportunity to use this new computer technology and learning more about, it through free classes.

Public libraries are often the only entity providing no-fee access to the internet, whether for student research and homework; filing for healthcare and other benefits; refinancing a mortgage; looking for information on friends or family; access to emergency resources; support training to enhance business and open avenues to job creation; resume, job searching and job application tools; business and banking; key components to sustaining communities and stimulating long-term economic growth.  Additionally, public libraries support the floating population of seasonal and traveling visitors who also need library services.

Together, the Show Low Public Library and Computer Lab now have 32 public access computers, with Windows 7 or Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2010, black and white and color laser printers, a high speed digital scanner for scanning documents and photos, and WiFi access for portable computer users, using High Speed Internet Powered by Frontier




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