Free Computer Classes for Beginners

Hands-on workshops to build basic computer skills | Central & Mason Square | Adults

Computer Classes for Beginners

Do computers intimidate you? These classes are great for beginners. These are hands-on, relaxed courses that will help you get comfortable with computers, even if you’ve never used one before.

By the end of one of our courses, you will be ready to explore on your own. Registration is required to participate, but you do not have to attend all of the classes – feel free to try the first before thinking about the rest.

If you have any questions, you can call your local library to talk to a reference librarian. We can help you register for one of our classes or figure out where to start!


Computer Basics at Central Library

Central Library Computer Lab
Tuesdays: January 10, 17, 24, and 31 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Adults

Part 1: Getting Started
January 10 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Overwhelmed by computers? This class starts at the very beginning and will help you understand what a computer is and get comfortable with the basics. No experience is necessary!

Part 2: The Internet
January 17 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this class, we will talk about the internet, how to use it, and learn some tips to make it easier to navigate. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Part 3: Finding Files
January 24 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is all about saving things to a computer—and how to find them again. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Part 4: Email
January 31 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this class, you will get a chance to set up an email account and learn how to send and receive messages online. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Getting STarted with Computers At Forest Park Branch

Forest Park Branch
Thursdays: January 12, 19, 26
6:00 – 7:30 PM | Adults

Want to improve your computer skills in 2023? Join us at Forest Park for a fun, low pressure introduction to using a computer, navigating the internet and more. Sign up for all three sessions, or just one!

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6843 to talk to a librarian.

Beginner Computer Literacy Skills At Mason Square Branch

Mason Square Branch
Wednesdays: November 16, 23, 30 & December 7, 14, 21
10:00 – 11:00 AM | Adults

Take part in weekly classes to learn how to use a computer. Topics covered in the beginner level include: learning to use a mouse and keyboard, searching on the internet, saving and finding files on a computer, and creating an email account. Registration is required.

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6853 to talk to a librarian.

Free Computer Resources

Intermediate Computer Literacy Skills

Take part in weekly intermediate classes to learn how to use a computer. | Mason Square | Adults

Computer Literacy Skills: Intermediate Level

Mason Square Branch
Wednesdays: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7, 14, 21
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Adults

Take part in weekly classes to learn how to use a computer. Topics covered in the intermediate level include: how to use Word and Excel, design a cover letter and resume, create a LinkedIn and Indeed profile, and attend Zoom meetings. Registration is required.

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6853 to talk to a librarian.

Drop-In Tech Help

Bring your device and technology-related questions and issues to our monthly session! | East Forest Park | Adults

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesdays: Dec 14, Jan 4, Feb 1 | 6:00-7:30 pm | Adults

Do you have questions about using your smartphone or laptop? You are not alone!

Bring your device and technology-related questions and issues to our monthly Drop-In Tech Help session. Whether you want to learn how to attach files to emails, borrow audiobooks on your phone, or see what that update message is about – we are here to help!

Registration is not required, but time may be limited in order to assist all attendees.

Internet Safety Basics

Is that email a scam? How do I create and remember a secure password? Learn to protect yourself on the internet. | Central Library | Adults

Central Library – Computer Lab

Part 1 – Basics: Monday, November 14 (postponed – new date TBD) | 5:30-7:00 PM
Part 2 – Scenarios & Questions: Wednesday, November 16 (postponed – new date TBD) | 5:30-7:00 PM

Is it safe to enter personal information on a website? Is that email a scam? How do I create and remember a secure password? Join this 2-session class to learn to protect yourself on the internet – bring your questions, and your device if you want! For adults, some basic computer knowledge helpful.

Registration is encouraged – spots are limited. Register for both parts here!