Local History and Genealogy

Searching for you family history? Check out our local and national resources for genealogical research.

The Central Library maintains a collection of published works on Springfield area history, including local publications such as the Springfield Planning Department’s neighborhood studies.

All titles are catalogued and searchable in the online catalog. For a more comprehensive local history collection, including archival material, and assistance with genealogical research, please contact the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Central Library maintains a near-complete collection of City Directories dating back to 1866 through 1989, and a limited collection of Springfield college and public high school yearbooks dating from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. Please contact the Wellman Hall reference desk with inquiries about these resources at 413-263-6828 ext 213 or use our Ask a Librarian reference form. City directories and yearbooks are also available for reference use at the Museum of Springfield History Library & Archives.

Digital versions of many of the Springfield Directories are also available courtesy of the Internet Archive.

The library offers access to Springfield newspapers on microfilm from 1900 to the present at the Central Library. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here. Please note that the library does not have access to the online archives prior to 1988, only to the index.

Access to the Springfield Republican text-only database from 1988 to present is available. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Because microfilm for The Republican ended December 31, 2018, you can now access a full-color digital archive of The Republican. This new digital archive covers January 1, 2019 going forward (there is a 90 day delay from publication date). It is fully searchable, and you can print, email, or download results. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Digital microfilm readers are available for self-service use. Librarians are available for assistance. Springfield newspapers prior to 1900 are held at the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History on Edwards Street off the Quadrangle. The Local History and Genealogy Archive is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am-4pm; first Saturday of the month, 11am-4pm; the reference desk number is 413-263-6800 ext. 230.

The library offers in-library access to the genealogical database, Ancestry.com and remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders to HeritageQuest.

More Free Online Resources


Local and National Resources for Genealogical Research
Vital RecordsArchivesNewspapersHistorical Organizations Digitized BooksGeneral

Census Records – National Archives – The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and has been taken every ten years since. Because of a 72-year restriction on access to the Census, the most recent year available is 1940. In-library access to the census is available through the  genealogical database, Ancestry.com

City of Springfield, MassachusettsHow to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

Commonwealth of Massachusetts –
Vital Records – Search Records of birth, marriage, and death (1841 – 1910)
Passenger Manifest Lists – Search for passengers arriving in the Port of Boston (1848 – 1891)
How to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

Connecticut State LibraryConnecticut Deaths 1897-1968
Connecticut State LibraryConnecticut Marriages 1897-1968

Drouin Collection – Ancestry.org – Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records, 1621-1968

The Ellis Island FoundationPassenger SearchShip Search

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991Ancestry.org

United States Social Security Death IndexFamilySearch.org

Commonwealth or Massachusetts – Archives Collection – (1629 – 1799)

DigitalCommonwealth.org – Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.

Boston Public Library19th Century US Newspapers – Searchable full-page and article reproductions of newspapers from across the country. Massachusetts Coverage: Boston: Atlas, Congregationalist, Courier, Daily Advertiser, Emancipator & Republican, Investigator, Liberator; Lowell: Lowell Daily Citizen. New York Times (1851-2015) – Searchable full-page and article reproductions back to the first issue on Sept 18, 1851.

Obituary Database – The Obituary Database indexes obituaries appearing in the Boston Evening Transcript (BET), Boston Globe (BG), and the Boston Herald/Herald American (BH) from 1932–1941 and 1953–2010.

The above resources are available with a BPL eCard – If you are a Massachusetts resident and don’t already have a Boston Public Library card, you can register for one online.

Library of CongressChronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Springfield City Library – Available on Microfilm. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here.

Springfield Daily News – 7/3/1950-8/15/1972, 8/16/1972-9/30/1986
Springfield Morning Union & Sunday Republican – 1/1/1950-5/15/1954, 5/16/1954-4/10/1973, 4/11/1973-5/16/1987
Springfield Republican – 4/7/2003 – 12/31/2018
Springfield Union News AM Edition – 6/1/1987-1/31/1994, 2/1/1994-4/6/2003
Springfield Union News PM Edition – 10/1/1986-6/19/1992

New England Historic Genealogical SocietyAmericanAncestors.orgDatabase Search

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. – 8 Lyle Road
New Britain, CT – Library and Resource Center

The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts – 33 South Street, Chicopee, MA – Research Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America

Western Massachusetts Genealogical SocietyResources

AmericanAncestors.orgDatabase Search

Connecticut State LibraryHistory & Genealogy: Reference

FamilySearch.org – Free Family History and Genealogy Records

Maine Genealogy – Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians

National Archives – Resources for Genealogists

Resources For Job Seekers

Are you new to using computers in your job search? Are you looking for free career resources? Find employment tools, websites, and databases.

Just getting started?

Explore the Basics: from setting up an email account to writing your resume and submitting it online

DigitalLearn.org – If you are new to using computers in your job search, haven’t used them for a while, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Video tutorials and printable instructions are available on the following topics:

Intro to EmailIntroducción a Correo electrónico
Creating ResumesHojas de Vida
Microsoft Word(en Español)
Online Job SearchingLa Búsqueda de Trabajo en línea
and more

The Springfield City Library regularly offers classes on Computer Basics visit our adult programs page for more information and to register for upcoming classes.

Our Book A Librarian service is available for one-on-one assistance with basic computing, job searching, resume writing, or just figuring out how to use different features on your smart phone. To schedule an appointment, call or visit the Springfield City Library location most convenient to you for half-hour tutoring sessions.

Looking for Free Job Resources?

Use Online Tools: from writing a resume to taking practice tests for your CDL driver's exam
Write ResumesSend EmailCareer CentersOpportunitiesSkill BuildingResearch

Brainfuse JobNow– offers live tutors and job coaches. It’s a one-stop resource for job seekers! Tutors and Coaches are available to assist with:

  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Job interviewing skills
  • Test preparation skills for the ASVAB, EMT, CDL and tests in many other fields
  • Accessing resources best suited to your interests and qualifications

Create your own account with a  username and password  for access to the Resume Lab or to work on improving your computer skills (Micrsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) or study for the HiSet! In addition, there are a variety of practice tests and resources to enhance your qualifications. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Career Transitions – Complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job. Includes: powerful job search functionality, guided resume and cover letter creation, interview preparation tool, and interactive practice activities. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

DigitalLearn.orgHojas de Vida

Online job applications usually require the applicant to have an email account. Getting an email account is easy, and often free. To set up your own account, click on any of the links below and fill out the registration form. Ask a librarian if you need assistance.

Gmail
Mail.com
Yahoo Mail

After Incarceration  Support Services – Hampden County Sheriff’s Department – 736 State Street, Springfield (413) 781-2050. The Reentry Center assist job seekers with job readiness skills,
job placement, and job retention.

CareerPoint –  850 High Street Holyoke (413) 532-4900.  Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center.

MassHire Springfield Career Center – 1 Federal Street, Building 103-3, Springfield (413) 858-2800. Local services include job postings; no cost workshops in resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiations and many more; use of computers, FAX machines, phones and copiers; and access to trained professionals.

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County – 1441 Main Street, Suite 136, Springfield (413) 787-1547. Develop reemployment strategies for laid off workers, training programs for new workers and internships for youth.

ViabilityMove to Work / Workforce Alternatives – 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield.  A supported employment program that helps individuals with disabilities find and maintain jobs in the community.

City of Springfield – Employment opportunities

Idealist.org – Search jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities

Indeed.com – Search for a job or post your resume. Available in Spanish

JobQuest – The Commonwealth’s online job bank

MGM – Apply for open positions at MGM throughout the online SkillSmart platform

Monster.com – Search for a job or post your resume

SimplyHired.com – Search for a job

Springfield WORKS – Apply for local jobs through the online SkillSmart platform

Learning Express – Career tools include practice tests, preparation for entrance or occupation exams, skill-building courses,  job search and workplace skills and information you need to achieve the results you want.  Register with your library card number and a password of your choice. Requires a Springfield City Library card. Quick Guide to Learning Express

SkillSmart – The job-seeker website designed to match your skills to careers in greater Springfield. Once you have a profile uploaded in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important employment updates in the greater Springfield area.

Business & Nonprofit Databases – Use these online resources to investigate potential employers, to research markets and industries, to search for foundation grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations, and to search career and investment opportunities. All except the Foundation Center databases are available remotely at your home or business. Databases include: Foundation Directory Online, Small Business Resource Center, and Reference USA.

Most databases will allow you immediate access; if prompted, enter your library card number.

ERC (EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE COLLECTION)

The Employment Resource Collection (ERC) is a collection of books, catalogs, and brochures selected to help job seekers find work, professional training, and/or further their education. Subjects covered in the ERC include test preparation for schooling and trades; resume writing, job interview skills, career guidance, college and scholarship information, and other related topics. The largest ERC is housed at the Central Library in Wellman Hall with over 750 job seeker books and resources, though the Brightwood, Forest Park, and Indian Orchard branches also have impressive selections of job seeker books in their ERCs too. Most ERC materials are available for loan, though some are intended for in-house use only.

Job seeker books and DVDs are available at all library locations including those that do not have specially designated ERCs. Please see your branch librarian for help finding these or any other library items.

Helpful call numbers:

Careers: 331.7-331.7020973
Test preparation: 378.1662 – 378.1664
College (selecting and paying for): 378.3 – 378.7309
Resumes: 650.14
Cover letters: 650.142
Spanish: 860s


Need help with technology or using the library’s electronic resources? We can help you by phone, e-mail, in person or through our Book A Librarian service – available for one-on-one assistance with basic computing.

Legal Resources

From general resources like finding you local legislator, to local organizations that offer lawyer referral services and immigration law resources.

Local


Reference:

  • Hampden Law Library – 50 State Street, Courthouse, Springfield – Open to the public the law library offers: help with legal research, books and materials to borrow, online databases for no charge (including Westlaw and Lexis), and free public wifi. | (413) 748-7923
  • City of Springfield, Good Neighbor Guide – Online Guide – Quality of Life Regulations in the City of Springfield. Includes: Business Licenses & Regulations, Animals, Waste Collection, Public Peace & Welfare, Motor Vehicles, Streets, Sidewalks & Public Places, Building Maintenance, Neighborhood Organizations.
  • City of Springfield, Online Public Records – Website – Budget, Expenditures and Financial Plans, City Governance, Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Elections, Property and Taxation, Public Safety, Vital Records

Lawyer Referral Services:

  • Community Legal AidOne Monarch Place, Springfield – Provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA also provides free civil legal assistance to victims of crime and survivors of homicide victims. | (508) 425-2785
  • Hampden County Bar Association – 50 State Street, Springfield | (413) 732-4660
  • Western Mass Legal Services – Provides free legal help in non-criminal cases for low-income people and elders who live in western Massachusetts. | (413) 781-7814

Immigration Law Resources

  • ACLU Immigrant Protection Project of Western Mass – The Immigrant Protection Project (IPP) is a coordinated regional effort by attorneys and organizations to provide immigrants in Western Massachusetts with referrals for legal assistance and connections to other services. | (413) 727-8515
  • ​El Proyecto de Protección al Inmigrante (IPP) es un esfuerzo regional coordinado de abogados y organizaciones para conectar a inmigrantes en el oeste de Massachusetts con referencias para asistencia legal y servicios que abordan otras necesidades de la comunidad inmigrante en todo el Pioneer Valley y el are de Berkshires. | (413) 727-8515
  • Berkshire Immigrant Center – 88 South Street, Pittsfield | (413) 445-4881
  • Center for New Americans – 42 Gothic St, Northampton – Offers Immigration legal services. Contact Maureen at citizen@cnam.org | (413) 587-0084
  • Community Legal AidOne Monarch Place, Springfield | (508) 425-2785
  • New England Justice for our Neighbors – Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield | (413) 386-9951
  • Catholic CharitiesOffice of Immigration, Migration, and Refugee Services -65 Elliot Street, Springfield – Services are offered for a nominal fee for all documented immigrants, refugees and asylees. In addition to aiding clients with their CIS documents, our caseworkers can provide referrals to legal services, social services and ESOL classes for immigrants regardless of status. | (413) 452-0626 | immigration@diospringfield.org

State


Reference:

  • MassLegalHelp.org – MassLegalHelp.org’s mission is to use the Web to improve access to justice for low income and disadvantaged people. It provides practical information about your legal rights in Massachusetts.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Public Records A website of the Secretary of the State Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Includes: Notary Public Information, Marriages in Massachusetts, Public Records Access, and Information on the Public Records Law.
  • The General Court of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsFind my LegislatorBillsLaws
  • Massachusetts Court System –  Website  – Includes a Courthouse locator, Information on Jury Duty, Access to New Opinions, and the ability to search Court Dockets.
  • Massachusetts General Laws An online searchable database of the General Laws of Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts Law Resources in the State Library – The State Library has an extensive collection of Massachusetts law resources, including statutes and legislative materials, administrative law and judicial reports.

Lawyer Referral Services:

  • Committee for Public Counsel Services – Provide legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel.

Immigration Law Resources

  • PAIR Project – Political Asylum / Immigration Representation Project – 98 North Washington Street, Suite 106, Boston – PAIR provides free immigration services to indigent asylum-seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice. | (617) 742-9296
  • Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center – 240 Main Street, Suite 802, Worcester | (508) 756-7557
  • Ascentria Care Alliance – The Immigration Legal Assistance Program is
    part of Services for New Americans and provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts. | (413) 787-0725

Federal


Reference:

USA.gov – Laws and Legal Issues – Website Official Guide to Government Information Services. Includes information on: Complaints, Crime and Prisons, Federal Laws and Regulations, Labor Laws and Issues, Personal Legal Issues, Documents, and Family History, Scam and Frauds, U.S. Government Works, Voting and Election Laws and History, Your Legal Disability Rights.

Immigration Law Resources:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. | Forms | Tools | Citizenship | Green Card | Legal Resources

Museum Passes

Check out our museum passes! Free or reduced admission to area Museums and Parks.

Massachusetts Annual Parks Pass
Please check the list of parks available with the pass in the catalog description.

Passes available at the Central Library – Check for availability in the catalog

The pass entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle (excluding buses and 15-passenger vans) at over 50 day-use facilites in the State Parks system that charge a parking fee.


Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Exploration Center
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT
(860) 572-5955

Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog

Pass valid for $5.00 off per person for up to four people. Good on general admission only. This offer cannot be copied or combined with any other offer. Pass cannot be used for special events and programs. Pass must be presented at time of admission. Pass may only be used once per day.
Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours vary, please see the Aquarium’s website for hours.


USS Constitution Museum
Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. MA
(617) 426-1812

Check for availability in the catalog

Admits: Free admission. Limited to parties of 9 or fewer – 1 pass per party.
“The USS Constitution Museum, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of ‘Old Ironsides’ and the people associated with her. The museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including our interactive exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew in 1812!”

 


FYI
Springfield Residents always have free general admission to the Springfield Museums.

Five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden are located right downtown next to the Central Library.

Come Explore!

Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
(413) 263 – 6800

Free general admission for Springfield Residents during regular museum hours with valid ID. Visitors ages 3-17 accompanied by a non-Springfield resident adult must present a Springfield school ID.

Local Authors

Local Authors: A Measurement of Accomplishment, A Source of Pride

The Springfield City Library features local authors in a range of useful and exciting public programs throughout the year. The Author Fair, Meet the Authors, and Author Talks bring attention to the literary talent and achievement found in western Massachusetts, and make available a diverse selection of books to local community members.

The Author Fair

Twice each calendar year, the Central Library assembles a dozen, recently published book authors for an afternoon meet-and-greet. Authors are available to mix-and-mingle with the public, sell-and-sign copies of their book, and discuss their work with interested community members. The media is always invited, and invariably new connections are made that increase awareness of the author’s accomplishments, and satisfy the interest of inquisitive readers.

Meet the Authors

A shared reading by local authors where participating authors read from their works and/or discuss their writing in fifteen minute spots. The program targets specific audiences by grouping book genres together so readers can enjoy hearing from a range of authors that appeal to them. Look for a Meet the Authors program each season, with at least one for children, teens, and adult readers each year. Request a Monthly Brochure and keep up-to-date  for  the library’s next Meet the Authors program.

Author Talks

Some authors secure a wide readership, and whenever practical, the library features such authors in programs dedicated to their work, books, and expertise. Typically, authors are available for questions and answers as well as selling and signing copies of their book(s) in these solo features of singular talent and success. Request a Monthly Brochure and keep up-to-date  for  the library’s next Author Talks program.


The Central Library maintains a display of local author books on level 1. In most cases, books featured there are available for loan, and librarians are ready to help you find them.

Local author books are highlighted in the library catalog to make it easy to discover which locally authored books are owned by the library. Keyword searches for “local author” will generate a list of dozens of western Massachusetts book authors. Qualify that search with a town’s name, for example “local author Springfield”, to give your list geographic focus.

The library is proud of its author partners, and staff are excited about the valuable programs we offer with them. With talent and skill, local authors offer much to readers and the community, and look forward to meeting them at these events as well as in the pages of their books.

For more information about these and other adult programs, contact librarian Matthew Vasquez Jaquith at 263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

Springfield Adult Basic Education Directory

Educational resources for adults and out-of-school youth, for Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, HiSET preparation and testing, Transition to College, Workplace Education and Family Literacy.

Glossary of Terms

Basic Literacy = Skills needed for reading and writing including: Vocabulary, Spelling and Comprehension.

Basic Skills = Reading, Writing, Math

ESOL = English as a Second Language

HiSet = High School Equivalency Test also know as the GED or General Equivalency Diploma

The Springfield Adult Basic Education (ABE) Partnership is made up of Springfield providers of educational services for adult learners and out-of-school youth and others invested in improving and coordinating these services.  The Directory was created for service providers to make referrals, for potential learners looking for the right program, and for volunteer tutors looking for opportunities to help.

All partners share the conviction that adult basic education is the foundation for individual, community, and economic development. Adults who can realize their own literacy goals and realize their need to seek additional education, are able to support their children’s learning both in school and at home. They will improve their access to better work opportunities and will participate more fully in community and civic life.

This webpage is a current snapshot of educational services for adults and out-of-school youth. Adult Basic Education includes a wide range of services, such as basic literacy, basic mathematics, high school equivalency test preparation and testing, adult diploma program, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), job skills and work readiness training, computer literacy, family literacy, and MCAS help for youth who have competed high school credits but have not passed the required MCAS tests. We know that programs change and services grow and shrink due to changes in funding and priorities, so the Directory will continue to be a work in progress.

There are many other community organizations that offer support services for adult learners; however, not all of these organizations are listed. An excellent resource for a wide range of critical community services that adult learners need to meet their educational goals is Massachusetts 211 (Simply Dial 2-1-1). It is available 24 hours a day, is multilingual, and it can be found online at www.mass211help.org.

If you know of a program that offers ABE services, and it is not listed please feel free to send your comments, suggestions, and corrections, as well to our Ask A Librarian service at askalibraria@springfieldlibrary.org. Your feedback will aid in making the Springfield Adult Basic Education Directory a useful tool.

Quick Overview - Adult Basic Education Services
Basic LiteracyComputer LiteracyESOLFamily / Life SkillsHiSet/GED PrepWorkplace
Gandara Center – Life Skills Literacy
The Gray HouseFamily and Life Skills Literacy
New England Farm Workers’ Council, Youth Programs – Life Skills Literacy
Springfield City Library, Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center – Life Skills Literacy
Springfield Housing Authority Life Skills Literacy
YWCA of Western Massachusetts – Life Skills Literacy

Gandara Center -Multiple Locations

Contact: Lisa Brecher, info@gandaracenter.org
Phone: (413) 736-8329
Eligibility Requirements: Vary between programs.
Programs/Services: Housing Insecurity, Computer Literacy, Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, Parenting Skills, Workplace Education / Partnerships
Support Services: Counseling, Housing
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.


The Gray House – 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield

Contact: J. Aisha Mathews, Education@grayhouse.org
Phone: (413) 734-6696
Eligibility Requirements: Only survival level skills are taught: Literacy, Beginner ESL Literacy and High Beginner ESL Literacy. Citizenship classes require an Intermediate or higher level of English. There is a $20 materials and commitment fee to begin any class.
Programs/Services: Basic Literacy, Basic Math, Reading, & Writing, Citizenship, Computer Literacy, ESOL, Family Literacy, Life Skills / Literacy
Support Services: Child Care
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.


Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, After Incarceration Support Systems
Phone: (413) 781-2050 ext. 8300
Eligibility Requirements: Any resident of Hampden County with any Incarceration History is eligible. No Charge to Clients
Programs/Services: ESOL, HiSet / GED Preparation, HiSet / GED Test Center, Job Search / Readiness, Transition to College


New England Farm Workers’ Council, Youth Programs – 1628-1640 Main Street, Springfield

Contact:  Ana West,  awest@partnersforcommunity.org
Phone: (413) 272-2280
Eligibility Requirements: Ages 16-24, High School Dropout. No Cost.
Programs/Services: Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, Pre – HiSet /  GED, HiSet / GED Prep for Out of School Youth, Transition to College, Workplace Education / Partnerships
Support Services: Counseling, Payment of HiSet exam, Paid Work Experience, Career Exploration
Accepting Volunteers: Yes


Springfield City Library, Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center –  204 Boston Road, Springfield

Contact: Janet Kelly, jkelly@springfieldlibrary.org
Phone: 413-263-6839
Eligibility Requirements: None, Free
Programs/Services: Basic Skills, Life Skills


Springfield City Library – 220 State Street, Springfield

Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith, mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
Phone: (413) 263-6828
Eligibility Requirements: Free
Programs/Services: Computer Literacy
Accepting Volunteers: Yes

Additional Information: The Springfield City Library offers free, weekly computer classes throughout the year from January-November. Workshops include basic computer literacy (e.g. mouse skills, text editing, web skills, etc.), and introductory Microsoft Office skills.


Springfield City Library, Springfield Literacy Volunteers204 Boston Road, Springfield

Contact: Raeshaun Holmes, rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org
Phone: 413-263-6839
Eligibility Requirements: None, Free
Program/Services: ESOL, One-to-One Tutoring for Adult Learners
Accepting Volunteers: Yes


Springfield Public Schools Adult Education Center – 204 Boston  Road, Springfield

Contact: Angela Negron, negronan@springfieldpublicschools.com
Phone: 413-787-7210
Eligibility Requirements: No cost for residents of the City of Springfield. Individuals residing outside of the City of Springfield may register to take the HiSet test at no charge. Adult Basic Education and ESOL classes for residents outside of the City of Springfield are available only if the individual enrolls in the Ahead of the Game program.
Programs/Services: ESOL, HiSet / GED Preparation, HiSet / GED Test Center, Workplace Education / Partnerships. Case management and mentoring for students enrolled in our HiSet preparation classes, ESOL classes and Ahead of the Game program.
Support Services: Transportation – offered in the form of bus tokens for some programs.
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.

Additional Information: Our program is fully aligned with the State of Massachusetts and national academic standards for adults. Instructors and staff are professionally trained in adult education. A variety of teaching methods and resources are used to help individuals attain certain benchmarks to advance to the next class. The length of time you will spend at any level will vary depending on your individual progress. Every student is assigned an Education and Career Advisor to help them achieve their education and career goals.


Springfield Housing Authority160 Nursery Street, Springfield

Contact: Sarah Carbone, scarbone@shamass.org
Phone: 413-785-4738
Eligibility Requirements:
None – Open to all Greater Springfield area residents, Free
Programs/Services:
Computer Literacy, ESOL, HiSet/GED Preparation, Housing Insecurity, Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, Pre – HiSet/GED, HiSet/GED Prep for Out of School Youth
Support Services:
Housing


Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield Adult Learning Center1 Armory Square, Suite 1, Springfield

Contact: Barbara Bradbury, bbradbury@stcc.edu
Phone: 413-755-4300 (call to reserve space)
Eligibility Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 16-17 years old may apply with consent of parent/guardian. Free
Program/Services: Computer Literacy, ESOL, HiSet/GED Preparation,  Pre-HiSet/GED, HiSet/GED Prep for Out of School Youth, Transition to College,  Workforce Education/Partnerships
Support Services: Counseling, Transportation, Test Language available in Spanish

Springfield Technical Community College, Gateway to College
Phone: (41 3) 755-4581
Program/Services: Gateway to College is a competitive scholarship program funded through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education .

The cost of tuition, books and most fees are covered by the scholarship. In addition, you’ll have an academic counselor dedicated to your success. Your academic counselor will guide you through the college experience; teach you about careers, organization and time management; and provide you with referrals to community resources.

Springfield Technical Community College, HiSet/GED Exams
Phone: (413) 755-4507 – Computer Testing, (413) 755-4709 – Written Testing

STCC has partnered with the Educational Testing Service to offer high school equivalency tests (the HiSET) to adults who are at least 18 years old and have not previously received a high school diploma (16 and 17-year-olds may take the test only if they are no longer enrolled in school).


Training Resources of America, Inc. – 32-34 Hampden Street, Ground Floor, Springfield

Contact: Jynai McDonald, jmcdonald@tra-inc.org
Phone: (413) 732-2223
Eligibility Requirements: None,  No Cost for Participants
Programs/Services: Adult Diploma, Basic Literacy, Basic Math, Reading & Writing, College and Career Advising, Computer Literacy, ESOL, HisSe t/ GED Preparation, Job Search / Readiness, Transition to College, Workplace Education
Accepting Volunteers: Yes


YWCA of Western Massachusetts – 1 Clough Street, Springfield

Contact: Jenniefer Murphy, jmurphy@ywworks.org
Phone: (413) 732-3121
Eligibility Requirements: Serve Ages 16-24, High School Drop Out, No Cost for Participants
Programs/Services: Adult Diploma Program, Computer Literacy, HiSet / GED Preparation, Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, HiSet / GED Preparation for Out of School Youth, Transition to College, Workplace Education / Partnerships.

YouthBuild Program: Offers HiSet classes in conjunction with vocational training in construction or in Allied Health. Students participating in these programs will receive case management services, a credential in the construction or Allied Health field, transition support to work/post-secondary education/training, paid internships, and work readiness training.

Support Services: Transportation
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.

Additional Area Services


Westover Job Corps Center, US Department of Labor – 103 Johnson Road, Chicopee
Phone: (413) 593-4248
Program/Services: Basic Literacy, Computer Literacy, ESOL, HiSet  / GED Preparation, Job Search / Readiness, Transition to College

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

For information & referrals for adult learners: Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline – 1-800-447-8844

Supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services

Computer Tools & Tutorials

Free resources to help you learn and expand your technology skills.

Just getting started?

Explore the Basics: from using a mouse to setting up an email account

DigitalLearn.org – If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while,  or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Video tutorials and printable instructions are available on the following topics:

Getting Started on a ComputerComenzar en la Computadora
Navigating A WebsiteNavegar por un sitio web
Intro to EmailIntroducción a Correo electrónico
Basic SearchBúsqueda Básica
Accounts & PasswordsCuentas y contraseñas
Online ScamsLas estafas en línea
Internet PrivacyLa Privacidad en Internet
and more

Comcast Internet Essentials – The Basics – Online tutorials to learn how to make the most of the internet:

How to set up and use email
Phishing Scams
What are apps
Online Photo Sharing
Social Media

The Springfield City Library periodically offers classes on Computer Basics visit our adult programs page for more information and to register for upcoming classes.

Our Book A Librarian service is available for one-on-one assistance with basic computing, job searching, homework, resume writing, trouble-shooting your computer, or just figuring out how to use different features on your smart phone. To schedule an appointment, call or visit the Springfield City Library location most convenient to you for half-hour tutoring sessions.

Looking for Free Resources?

Use Online Tools: from writing a resume to practicing for your driver's exam
Write ResumesSend EmailPractice TestsProduce & Edit ContentSave FilesBuild Websites

Brainfuse JobNow Downloadable resume templates and live resume help
Career Transitions -Building and writing a resume
DigitalLearn.orgHojas de Vida

Free online e-mail accounts:
Gmail
Mail.com
Yahoo Mail
Learning Express (Learn-A-Test) – Offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Practice for tests such as the GED, SAT and AP, ASVAB, Civil Service, TOEFL, and many others in the privacy of your home 24/7. Register with your library card number and password. Requires a Springfield City Library card.

Massachusetts Driving License Instruction – Free practice tests for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle’s written examinations. Includes 10 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and more.

Canva – graphic design software for web or print: blog graphics, presentations, social media, flyers, posters, invitations and more.

Easel.ly – web tool for creating and sharing visuals including reports, timelines, resumes, infographics and posters.

Google Docs – create and edit documents online, for free. Includes editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.

Microsoft Office – Tutorials and Quick Start Guides

Pixlr Editor – A browser based photo editor, for all your editing needs. Have full control over your images, including layers and effects.

Prezi – An online presentation tools that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your ideas to life.

Thinglink –  Add text, images, web links, video & audio to images and videos.

Evernote – A cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

Dropbox – Store your photos, documents, videos, and other files and access your stuff from anywhere. Easily share your content with others.

Google Drive – Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more.

Slide Share – Discover, share, and present presentations and infographics on this online content sharing community.

Blogger – An online platform to share your knowledge, experiences or the latest news.

Thimble by Mozilla – an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript.

Weebly – A drag and drop website builder that guides you through set up – no code needed.

Wix – A cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.

WordPress.com – Create a website or build a blog with hundreds of  customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes with free hosting and support.

Need help with technology or using the library’s electronic Resources? We can help you by phone, e-mail, in person or through our Book A Librarian service – available for one-on-one assistance with basic computing.