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 – 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

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

Career Transitions -Building and writing a resume
DigitalLearn.orgHojas de Vida

Free online e-mail accounts:
Yahoo Mail
Learning Express – 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.

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. – 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.