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Though we cannot be with you in the library teaching classes due to COVID-19, here are some low-cost/free options for internet, computers, online digital literacy, and more. Looking forward to offering in-person digital literacy classes again as soon as it is safe!

Low-Cost Internet Options

Low-Cost Computer Options

Free Digital Literacy Online

COVID-19 Resources

Voter Registration and Mail-In Ballot Information


Low-Cost Internet Options

Public Wifi Locations:

NC Internet Map

  • A map and searchable list of public Wi-Fi access locations that have been reported to the Broadband Infrastructure Office.

Home Services:

Spectrum Internet Assist
Call 1-844-488-8395 or visit their website

Service details

  • $14.99/month with free Internet modem, no contacts
  • Broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps, no data caps
  • Optional in-home WiFi service at $5/month

Requirements:

  • One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP, Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

Access from AT&T
Call 1-855-220-5211 or visit their website

Service details:

  • $5 to $10/month with modem, no contract, no deposit
  • Service available and speed may vary be address: 768 Kbps – 20 Mbps, data limits do apply
  • Access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network included

Requirements:

  • At least one household resident must participate in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), National School Lunch Program, or Head Start
  • OR income-based qualifications for household with an income 135% or less than federal poverty guidelines (proof of income required)
  • Participants must be without outstanding debt for AT&T fixed internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program

PCs for People Mobile Hotspots
Call (651) 354-2552 or visit their website

Service details:

  • High speed unlimited 4G LTE service starting at $15/month
  • $80 for Mobile hotspot

Requirements:

  • Income-based qualifications for household with an income 200% or less than federal poverty guidelines OR be currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program
  • A photo ID
  • Eligibility proof documentation, like a tax return, with the recipient’s name

Low-Cost Computer Options

Kramden Institute, Durham, NC
Call (919) 293-1133 or visit their website

  • Provides free or low-cost devices to students, low-income adults, and nonprofits

Requirements:

  • Adults: income-based qualifications with an income 200% or less than federal poverty guidelines OR be currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program; photo ID and proof of eligibility
  • School-Aged Children: must be a student in grade K-12 and not have access to a working home computer

PCs for People
Call (651) 354-2552 or visit their website

  • Refurbished desktops and laptops ranging from $0 to $150

Requirements:

  • Income-based qualifications for household with an income 200% or less than federal poverty guidelines OR be currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program
  • A photo ID
  • Eligibility proof documentation, like a tax return, with the recipient’s name

Free Digital Literacy Online

Digital Learn

  • Short courses on computer basics, security, job skills, and more in English and Spanish.

Goodwill Community Foundation 

  • Video and written tutorials on computer software, hardware, job skills, languages and more in English and Spanish.

Durham Literacy Center: call (919) 489-8383 or visit their website for more information

  • The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program provides free English classes for adult learners (online via Zoom for fall)

COVID-19 Resources

To reach the NC Department of Health and Human Services for information on food access, shelter, child care and more: 

Durham County

Orange County

Voter Registration and Mail-In Ballot Information

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request form

Durham County

Orange County

 

Last Updated: September 2, 2020

We will update this page periodically with new resources or if services or requirements change.

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