State Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown, and state Rep. Rick Eldridge, R-Morristown, announced Monday that the Morristown-Hamblen Library will receive a $1,809 technology grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The lawmakers made the announcement after being notified by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

Technology grants are available for public libraries to replace or purchase technology, including computers, software, networking hardware or peripherals.

“Access to technology is something many of us take for granted,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Our public libraries across the state play a pivotal role in connecting Tennesseans. I’m proud of the role the Tennessee Library and Archives plays in increasing access to technology and education across the entire state.”

Southerland praised the state efforts.

“This investment in new technologies for our libraries will ensure everyone has access to the computers and information they need for education, career resources, and public services,” said Senator Southerland. “I appreciate the work of Secretary Hargett to administer these grants and commend local officials for their efforts to secure the funds.”

Eldiridge said he was glad to see the state money contributing locally.

“This much-needed technology grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives is welcoming news for our community,” said Rep. Eldridge. “Now our library will be able to expand and update their technology equipment, such as computers and software, to help provide more educational opportunities for our citizens. Congratulations to our local leaders on securing this much-deserved funding.”

The State Library and Archives is awarding more than $350,000 in technology grants across the state.