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How will your library spend its $avings from E-rate?

2018 January 23
by Henry Stokes

Did you know that the Texas State Library recently received $1,000,000 from the State Legislature to help public libraries save money and help improve their Internet speed?   We’re using those funds as part of our new Libraries Connecting Texas program.

We recently distributed informational flyers out to public libraries across the state.  Here are three samples that show how much funding each size of library (Small, Medium, Large) has saved based on recent Texas E-rate data (click to see bigger):

Small-sized Libraries
(25K or less)
Medium-sized Libraries
(26K to 99K)

Large-sized Libraries
(100K+)

When we could, we would send flyers with customized funding data that also took into account the library’s region of Texas.  In other words, libraries could see specifically what nearby libraries their size were getting from E-rate each year.

  • For small-sized libraries, the average savings is around $2,000 per year, with the exception being the South Texas region – which has an average of $7,000 per year.
  • For medium-sized libraries, the average savings is around $8,000 per year.  Central and Houston area libraries receive $3,000 and $6,000 per year, respectively – while Northeast libraries are receiving $10,500 and South Texas libraries are receiving $13,000 on average per year.
  • For large-sized libraries, the average savings is around $23,000 per year.  Central Texas libraries are getting an average of $20,000 per year, the Houston area is averaging $37,000 per year, and the Alamo area is averaging a whopping $44,000 per year.

If you are interested in receiving this kind of money each year, freeing up funding to support other projects and resources , now is the time to sign up!

Time’s running out if you’re interested in getting enrolled for the free help and funding opportunity – please contact Henry Stokes asap.

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  1. January 24, 2018

    Please tell me how to register with E-rate Central. I know the deadline is soon and don’t want to miss it.
    Thank you,
    Maggie

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