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Montana's School Computer Equipment Program

The Montana School Computer Program is administered by the OPI and collects computer equipment from state and federal sources, and private donations to distribute at no cost to Montana's K-12 public schools. The equipment is stored in Helena and is operational, but all data (including operating systems) is removed for security purposes. 

The program basics:

  • Schools are responsible for traveling to Helena to retrieve equipment and must have an appointment.
  • Equipment cannot be reserved as space in the storage facility is limited.
  • The inventory of surplus equipment varies from day to day
  • The program maintains a waiting list of schools interested in equipment and schools are contacted about their eligibility, usually via email. 
  • Contact the program at to seek information, put your school's name on the waiting list, or to check the availability of equipment. Please provide the following info in your email: name, school district, school and phone number. 

The OPI has distributed 34,561 computers and 21,678 other pieces of IT equipment since the inception of the program.

Contact with questions. 

Location & Hours

  • 1450 Hiawatha Street, Helena, MT 

An appointment is necessary and can be set up outside of normal working hours.

Directors to Surplus Computer Warehouse
  • Head west from Helena like you're you're going to Missoula
  • As you're leaving Helena, take a right on Hiawatha Street.
  • Go down 1.5 blocks and look for a light blue warehouse with dark blue trim.



Save Time and Money by Participating in the State of Montana's Cooperative Purchasing Program


By law, tribal governments and Montana's political subdivisions (including public school districts) may purchase supplies and services in cooperation with the State of Montana.  This is called cooperative purchasing and often provides substantial savings to participating school districts when compared to purchasing on their own.  In addition to better pricing, procurement can also be faster and more efficient by avoiding the bid and contract negotiation process school districts would otherwise need to conduct.  Cooperative purchase contracts typically have all the necessary terms and conditions already agreed upon and are "ready to use" for use by school districts.

Please visit the State of Montana Procurement Bureau's Cooperative Purchasing Webpage for more information on how to participate and what goods and services are available for cooperative purchase. 

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