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The 2017 set-up of an offline medical library. Anyone physically near to the device may connect to it and download the offline content it contains.

Internet-in-a-Box is a low cost digital library, consisting of a wireless access point with storage, which users nearby can connect to.[1]

Its realization in hardware and software has changed since 2012, as miniaturization of storage space and electronics progressed.[2] As of 2017, its hardware may consist of a Raspberry Pi with a replaceable storage card.[1]

In 2016, Columbia University's Masters in Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) explored using these boxes in the Dominican Republic for three months.[3]

Digital library[edit]

The digital library is composed of multiple modules; modules may be pre-installed, or users may choose which to install. Examples of modules include Wikipedia in a specific language, Wikipedia's Medical Encyclopedia, Khan Academy Lite, and OpenStreetMap.[3][1] Other content includes Moodle, Nextcloud, MediaWiki, PhET (interactive mathematics and science simulations), TED Talks.[4]


The concept grew out of One Laptop per Child's school server project.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Watkins, Don. "How to create an Internet-in-a-Box on a Raspberry Pi". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. ^ Gaskill, Braddock (2014). "Internet in a Box" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b "Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World". 13 June 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ "How to create an Internet-in-a-Box on a Raspberry Pi".