According to a 2011 American Library Association survey, 64.5 percent of libraries report that they are the only provider of free public Internet in their communities. The Arizona Public Access Computers (AzPAC) project, run by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records division, targeted this need by deploying new computers in libraries across the state. These computers increased access to e-resources and enabled the libraries to provide training in digital literacy and technology skills.
Upon completion, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records division had deployed more than 1,100 computers at more than 95 public library computer centers across the state. In conjunction with government, non-profit, and tribal organizations, AzPAC deployed the new computers to libraries serving 450,000 underserved citizens, many of whom did not have access to the Internet at home or work. In certain areas of Arizona, such as Yuma County, large populations of seniors relied on public libraries for access to computers and the Internet. In addition, three tribal libraries participated in the program.
Local members of the community used these computers for a variety of tasks, including completing online courses, filling out healthcare benefits, building resumes, and searching for jobs. AzPAC also provided resume building and job search training to stimulate employment and economic growth throughout the state. The project supported approximately 75,000 computer users per week.