You hear a lot about nonprofits here at TechSoup. But TechSoup also has many resources for libraries. Some resources are for libraries specifically; others are relevant to both libraries and nonprofits. This article will provide an overview of the TechSoup technology product donations and learning resources that can help your library effectively maintain and sustain its technology.
To get product donations, libraries must register with TechSoup.
TechSoup distributes donated and discounted software and hardware products to eligible nonprofit organizations and libraries. You can save 80 – 96 percent on brand-new software donated by top companies like Microsoft and Intuit. Refurbished hardware, including laptop and desktop computers, monitors, printers, and servers, is available as well. All products are available either for a small administrative fee or at discounted prices.
Each of TechSoup's donated and discounted product programs has specific eligibility guidelines, but public libraries that are listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database or have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status are eligible for many of these programs. Review the full list of TechSoup library technology donations or take the Program Eligibility Quiz to see which software and hardware donations your library may be eligible for. The Eligibility Requirements and Donor Partner Restrictions page provides further details on each program's requirements and restrictions.
TechSoup for Libraries is where you'll find a wealth of free resources that were created specifically with libraries in mind.
TechSoup also provides many free resources that are geared toward both libraries and nonprofits.
The TechSoup Forums are a great place to ask (and answer) technology questions. There are more than 20 forums, on topics like Public Computing, ICT4D, and Tech4Good; Security, and Databases and Software. Each forum is moderated by a friendly volunteer host and TechSoup staff, and your questions are always welcome. You can also search the forums to see if a topic you're interested in has already been addressed.
Many of the forum participants are from nonprofit organizations, but libraries and nonprofits face many of the same technology challenges (like having limited time, budgets, and resources to support and maintain their technology). We also believe nonprofits and libraries share a common focus: They both want to make their communities better places. So we think libraries and nonprofits can learn a lot from each other.
Not only can libraries and nonprofits partner in ways that benefit each other and their communities, they can also share knowledge, best practices, and expertise. The TechSoup forums can help you learn about technology and share your expertise and experiences with nonprofits and other libraries.
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"As state funding for public libraries in Ohio continually shrink, we realize more and more how important resources like TechSoup are. With our Microsoft donations we are able to provide the current computer programs our patrons need. This has been invaluable for persons who are searching for jobs as knowledge of Microsoft products are a standard requirement for many positions."
Abby Noland Preble County District Library
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