Free resources to help you learn or improve technology skills.
At Your Library
Need help with technology questions or with using the Library’s electronic resources? We can help you by phone, by email, in person, or with one-on-one assistance during a Tech Basics Coaching session.
Tech Basics Coaching Sessions
With the help of Volunteer Tech Helpers, the Library offers one-on-one Tech Basics Coaching sessions covering these basic skills:
Computer, tablet, e-reader, and smartphone skills
Setting up and using email
Facebook and other social media
Library catalog and online resources
Downloading or streaming the library’s ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.
Sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons at the Central Library. Please check the event calendar for upcoming sessions. To register for a session, call the Help Desk at (360) 778-7323.
Learn how to use popular website and apps in a TechBoomers Open Lab session offered at the Central Library. TechBoomers is an education website with free tutorials especially designed for technology newcomers.
TechBoomers courses cover websites and apps in these subjects:
Social – such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit
Entertainment – such as YouTube, Hulu, Spotify
Shopping – such as ebay, Amazon, Etsy
Education – such as Wikipedia, WebMD, StumbleUpon
Everyday online life – such as PayPal, Dropbox, Google Drive
How the Open Lab works:
Bring your device to the library (laptop, tablet, smartphone)
Use the library laptops to access TechBoomers courses, including watching short videos
Volunteer Tech Helpers and a librarian will be available if you have any questions or need help
You can continue learning at home
Sessions take place monthly on Saturday afternoons at the Central Library. Please check the event calendar for upcoming sessions. Drop in, no registration necessary. Questions? Ask us!
Register for a Tech Basics Coaching session (see above) to receive one-on-one assistance.
Microsoft Imagine Academy
Library card holders can learn technology skills online for free through Microsoft Imagine Academy. Microsoft Imagine Academy offers training on Microsoft products including Word, Excel, and Access. This program is available to all Washington State residents through partnerships with public libraries.
Free Community Tech Help
Goodwill Job Training and Education Center
1115 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham (360) 738-0483
Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Center offers free classes aimed at job readiness and computer classes on computing basics, Word, Excel, and Open Career Building Lab.
101 Prospect Street, Bellingham (360) 676-3212
WorkSource Whatcom offers free classes and open labs staffed by the NW Computer Literacy Instruction Corps. Free classes on basic computing and email, basic Excel, basic Word, and basic Powerpoint.
Free Online Tech Help
The Goodwill Community Foundation has created online tutorials to help you use new software, or brush up on skills you have previously learned. There are lessons on computer basics, internet searching, Microsoft Office products, social media, and setting up email accounts.
DigitalLearn is a great resource for beginners. If you are new to computers, haven’t used them in a while, or feel unsure or uncomfortable, check out their simple, short videos on computer and internet basics.
EveryoneOn is a nationwide campaign to get everyone on the internet. Use this site to discover discounted internet service and computer offers in your area.
Techboomers introduces users to trusted websites and apps with tutorials in a language suited to those not the most tech-savvy. Learn what a particular website does, why you would want to use it, pros and cons, and then see step-by-step how to use it. Includes social, entertainment, shopping and educational sites.