By 1812Blockhouse

In an effort to bridge the digital divide, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library (MRCPL) has partnered with PCs for People, a national nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to providing low-cost computers and internet solutions to those who need them most. This initiative aims to equip more homes in Richland County with the necessary tools for virtual schooling, career assistance, and other essential digital activities.

About PCs for People

PCs for People is committed to advancing digital inclusion by recycling and refurbishing computers, which are then sold at affordable prices to eligible individuals and families. This not only provides valuable technology but also helps the environment by keeping electronic waste out of landfills. PCs for People focuses on offering quality, low-cost computers and high-speed internet to those who might otherwise be unable to afford such resources.

Eligibility Requirements

To benefit from PCs for People’s services, customers must meet specific eligibility criteria. Eligible customers must either participate in a government-based assistance program or have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines or 60% of the area median income. Proof of income and photo identification are required to ensure eligibility. Detailed eligibility information can be found here.

Launch Event: Pop-Up Shop

MRCPL and PCs for People will host a pop-up shop on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Main Library Community Room, 43 W. Third St., Mansfield. At this event, eligible customers can purchase a variety of refurbished devices at significantly reduced prices:

  • Laptops: $150
  • Desktop computers (including monitor, keyboard, and mouse): $75
  • Internet hotspots: $60

Pre-registration is highly encouraged to streamline the process and ensure availability. Interested individuals can pre-register and check their eligibility here.

Chris May, Library Director, emphasized the importance of this partnership, stating, “This partnership with PCs for People will support the goal of bridging the digital divide in Richland County, but it will also help get essential devices needed for virtual schooling, career assistance, and more into more homes.”

Electronics Recycling Drive

Alongside the pop-up shop, the Main Library will host a PCs for People Electronics Recycling Drive. Community members are invited to drop off used electronics, such as computers, laptops, tablets, non-tube TVs, and other hardware, at the truck parked in the Main Library’s east parking lot. A full list of accepted electronics is available here.

Ongoing Support and Availability

The partnership between MRCPL and PCs for People extends beyond the launch event. Eligible customers can continue to purchase low-cost computers and internet services through the PCs for People website or by phone. Purchases can be picked up at any of MRCPL’s nine library locations. For more information on library locations and services, visit MRCPL’s website.

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