The Prince George Public Library will receive a $34,150 boost Monday for its new SkyLab computer lab and teaching space.
That's when representatives from Telus will be on hand to present the Bob Harkins branch downtown with a cheque for that amount.
The $260,000 project was funded entirely by donations from corporate and community members and Telus was the greatest single corporate donor after pledging $25 for each customer signed up to its Optik cable TV service between June and October of last year.
SkyLab designers took advantage of existing pillars to create a 1,000 square foot mezzanine halfway up to the second-floor ceiling. It's wired with high-speed Internet connections on 23 thin client computer stations, a significant improvement on the slow-speed infrastructure that bogged down users of the 10-terminal computer lab it replaced.
The new setup also eliminates the need for a two-hour time limit on wireless Internet connections. Laptop users can plug into hard-wired Category 6 Ethernet jacks at 26 stations on the mezzanine floor. Padded chairs are equipped with plugins and have swing-out tables for laptops.
As a result, wireless used has leapt early 78 per cent in 2012 compared to pre-SkyLab 2011 statistics.
The event will be held at SkyLab at 2 p.m.