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. Additional online tutorials on software and computer programming are freely available to Bellingham Public Library cardholders via the Learning Resources page.
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 every other Wednesday afternoon 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.
If you are using the Libby app, visit the Washington Anytime Library Libby Help Page.
Register for a Tech Basics Coaching session (see above) to receive one-on-one assistance.
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, keyboarding, and Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.
NW Computer Literacy Instruction Corps
101 Prospect Street, Bellingham (360) 676-3212
The NW Computer Literacy Instruction Corps are volunteers who teach free beginner level computer classes and provide tutoring assistance. They are a program of the Northwest Workforce Council. Classes and services are offered at WorkSource Whatcom.
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 low cost computer offers in your area.
Techboomers introduces users to trusted websites and apps. They use videos and written tutorials in language suited to those who may not be 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.