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University Of Hartford Donates Five Computers To Library Branch

STEVEN GOODE

November 07, 2009

HARTFORD - A little over a week ago, thieves broke into the Blue Hills branch of the Hartford Public Library and stole four computers.

Library officials hoped someone would help out. Their pleas were answered by the University of Hartford, which donated five "gently used" computers to the branch. The library expects to have them operating in time for the branch's open house Tuesday.

Library officials said the theft of four of its seven computers had severely reduced its most popular resource. A survey of library customers showed that 40 percent said they come mostly for the computers.

Matthew Poland, the library system's chief executive officer, said the city's insurance policy wouldn't cover the loss of the computers because of a high deductible.

David Isgur, spokesman for the University of Hartford, said Friday that the university has been donating refurbished computers to local small businesses and nonprofit groups for several years.

"The university believes strongly in being a good neighbor in the Blue Hills and Upper Albany communities," Isgur said Friday. "When we got a request from one of our neighbors, we did what we could to help."

Geraldine Sullivan, president of the library's board of directors, said Friday that she was grateful for the university's help.

"There's a tremendous need in that neighborhood and this helps a lot of kids," Sullivan said. "It really shows the university's commitment."

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