The Gates Foundation says the 8 million dollars it's giving to libraries in 10 states is the first of three rounds of Opportunity Online hardware grants to upgrade computers at U.S. libraries.
The Seattle foundation has given a total of 320 million dollars over several years to install and support untold numbers of computers at the nation's libraries.
The first round of money goes to libraries in Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.
More than 1,000 library branches are eligible.
The second and third rounds of Opportunity Online hardware grants will begin in 2008 and 2009.
The Gates Foundation started its work funding libraries, and in recent years has been focusing more on world health initiatives.