Need a Computer?

We have received an overwhelming response to the MeckTech program so far and have distributed nearly 2,700 free computers to date. We are currently not accepting new applications or waitlist entries.

We are evaluating our model and working to secure funding to distribute additional devices, but due to federal funding delays we have had to adjust our timeline and distribution plans. We still hope to open applications in the first half of 2022, but unfortunately do not yet have an anticipated date for when that will happen. Please keep an eye on this page for any updates. 
The MeckTech Computer Kit Program distributes technology to Mecklenburg County adults without a home computer. Each kit is free and includes a refurbished personal computer with preloaded productivity and education applications as well as all necessary hardware needed for set-up. 
These computers use a Linux operating system with opensource software compatible with many Windows programs (ex: LibreOffice can read, create, and edit Microsoft Office documents). However, some programs that are proprietary to a Windows environment may not have a Linux equivalent. 

Applicants Must:

  • Not have a household desktop or laptop computer
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a Mecklenburg County resident
  • Understand that MeckTech devices are provided as-is with open-source software only and do not come with dedicated technical support
  • Attest that you do not otherwise have access to computer equipment sufficient to meet your informational and educational needs

When Will I Receive a Computer?

Computer distributions will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis once we are able to reopen applications. We hope to serve as many members of our community as possible, but we have limited supply and unfortunately cannot guarantee that we will be able to fulfill all needs. 
We are working to procure and distribute more free devices and will reopen applications on this website once we are able to accommodate more requests.

Important Update: As of April 1, 2021, MeckTech / Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can no longer provide replacement devices or technical support for MeckTech devices. We apologize for any inconvenience. You may access our FAQs here.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services CAGML-248107-OMLS-20.

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