Since the Hesperia library opened in October 2006, its 50 computers have seldom been silent.


From the moment residents first surged inside on the drizzly afternoon of its grand opening, Hesperians without home computers have used the library's units to send and receive email, search for jobs and socially network. And now, the library's computers are showing the strain.


"We have people lined up to use the computers every morning," said Karen Taylor, president of the Friends of the Library. "It's very important."


The Hesperia library is the third most popular library in the county system, based on the number of books being checked out, behind the Fontana and Chino Hills locations.


But now, the computers have reached the end of their rope, with several units almost always out of commission, needing replacement parts.


"The computers are going down," said head librarian Michael Jimenez. "The fans are burning out, the hard drives crashing."


The Friends of the Library are hoping to raise $50,000 to buy new computers, monitors and business software for the library.


The organization ran a book sale of donated books that were not suitable for shelving, for one reason or another, on Oct. 28 and 29 and raised $1,800.


"The people in this community are really interesting," Taylor said. "They own some very interesting books."


For more information about donating to Friends of the Library, call (760) 244-4898 or visit Facebook.com/HesperiaLibrary.


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.