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Latvia’s Libraries Receive Additional Funding to Provide Free Computer Access and Training
Riga, Latvia, December 3, 2008. – The Republic of Latvia has received a support grant of USD 2,000,000.00 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand computer user access in libraries, train librarians, as well as fund impact assessment and advocacy activities. This grant will go towards improving access to technology in 874 Latvian public libraries and continue successful activities started during the initial phase of Latvia’s Public Library Development Project, or “Trešais tēva dēls.”

Libraries Have Received a Donation of 8.9 M USD
Riga, 15 February 2007 – Microsoft Corporation has donated 8.9 M USD worth of software to 874 libraries and 10 regional librarian training centres within the Latvian local government public library development project Trešais tēva dēls (Father’s Third Son). The Library of the Blind of Latvia and seven of its subsidiaries have also received special software for people with sight impairment and blind people.

The public to receive extensive information on resources available in libraries
Riga, 16 December 2007 - On 17 December, Kultūras informācijas sistēmas, within the framework of the public library development project, will launch an extensive public information campaign about the resources available in libraries. The aim of the campaign will be to let the public know about the changes which have already been made, and will be made at public libraries, and to encourage certain target groups to utilise those resources to improve their quality of life.

Press Conference about the progress of the public library development project
Riga, 10 December 2007. The Supervisory Board of the public library development Project co-financed by the Latvian government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will hold a press conference at13:00 today at the premises of State Agency Kultūras informācijas sistēmas at Tērbatas ielā 53-7, Riga (enter from Stabu iela).

"Tresais teva dels” – Public Libraries for Progress
Riga, 10 December 2007. The Supervisory Board of the public library development Project co-financed by the Latvian government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will hold a press conference at13:00 today at the premises of State Agency Kultūras informācijas sistēmas at Tērbatas ielā 53-7, Riga (enter from Stabu iela).