Broadband

Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.

Public Hearing: Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
IMLS is holding a public hearing to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.

Building Digital Communities logoNational Initiative: Building Digital Communities 
Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to broadband programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Broadband content on the IMLS Web site:
cover of Research Brief No. 1: Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007
Research Brief No. 1: Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007


The first Research Brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities. Read More

 
cover of Data Note No. 1: Libraries Use Broadband Internet Service to Serve High Need Communities
Data Note No. 1: Libraries Use Broadband Internet Service to Serve High Need Communities


The first Data Note to be released by IMLS presents recent statistics on broadband Internet access in U.S. public libraries. It discusses how libraries use technology and provide content to meet the needs of patrons in the digital age. Read More