A foundation sponsored by Microsoft founder and the richest man on the planet Bill Gates is going to provide free access to computers and the Internet in Romania’s public libraries.

This was confirmed by the culture ministry that said: “We have had three talks with representatives of the Foundation and we also presented a map of our library network so they can do a feasibility study.”

Liviu Dediu, deputy director of the Galati province library added: “This will computerize our network of libraries, to equip it with information technology, not to digitize the contents of books.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have a Romanian project which is part of their Global Libraries initiative and it would link the country’s libraries through a complex network of computers. They already are running similar projects in Chile, Latvia, Lithuania and Mexico.