- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee State Library and Archives is providing more than $305,000 in grants to help libraries upgrade their computer equipment and software.

State officials say the grants will go to 128 public libraries across Tennessee.

The grants will help finance technology upgrades for equipment used directly by patrons, as well as computers needed by library staff to perform tasks such as taking inventory and cataloging books.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett says libraries need to have up-to-date computer equipment and software in order to provide the best possible service to their patrons.

Each library had to commit to provide matching funds from local sources to qualify for a grant.

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