The library has been approved for E-Rate this next year. This is a program through the government that pays 70% of our library’s phone and internet bill. In case you have ever wondered, you may have noticed on your personal phone bill that you are charged a universal service fee each month. Some of this money collected is used to provide a discount for schools and libraries on telecommunication services and Internet access. You are charged a universal service fee each month whether or not a local school or library applies for E-Rate. This is a great way to bring state and federal taxes back into the community.