Free Computer Classes

Free Computer Classes

We offer free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults. Let us help you build your confidence when using computers in the library, at home, at work, or when looking for a job. Most classes are held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The majority of our scheduled computer classes are offered on a walk-in basis (no registration required, except where indicated) and seats are filled on a first-come, space available basis. We highly recommend that you arrive on time for the classes you wish to attend.

Please consult the library calendar or the Computer Class Calendar brochure to find a class. The computer classes FAQ can answer many of your questions.  If you can’t find the answer to your question there, please contact Desire Grogan at desire.grogan@dc.gov or 202-727-1298.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Classes

How often are classes offered?

Free computer classes are offered every month of the year and are advertised about one week before the first of the month. From month to month, class times vary, based on trainer availability and in order to accommodate weekday, evening and Saturday attendance during the library’s hours of operation. Each class is a one-time workshop and is scheduled for two to three hours of instruction and hands-on training. For this reason, customers are encouraged to repeat a class several times, in order to strengthen their skills, before moving on to the next level of classes. Our year-round schedule allows for this kind of repetition in the learning process.

View class descriptions for classes currently available.

Do I have to register to attend?

The majority of our scheduled computer classes are currently offered on a walk-in basis and seats are filled on a first-come, space available basis. However, one or more of our classes may require online registration. These classes will contain a register link when you click the class title.  Click the register link to start your registration for that particular class.

What happens if I am late for class?

Though latecomers may be admitted to the computer lab, if there is space, it is with the understanding that the trainer will not be repeating covered material. This would be unfair to those who arrived on time. Please be on time!

How do I find the latest schedule?

The online calendar is available for viewing on the library's Web site at least two weeks before the upcoming month.  The hard copy version of this same calendar is available at the Welcome Desk at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Main Branch) and distributed to neighborhood libraries throughout the city about one week before the upcoming month. Please consult the current schedule of computer classes in order to choose the class (es) you wish to attend.

Where do I go for class?

All of the above-listed classes are held in our Computer Lab (Room 311 - 3rd Floor) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. N.W. The library is accessible from both the Metro Center Station on the Red, Orange and Blue lines (11th Street exit) and from the Gallery Place Station on the Red, Green and Yellow lines (9th Street exit).

The nearest paid parking is available on 8th Street (PEPCO Building) and on H Street between 9th and 10th streets.

Class Canceled: What do I do?

Due to circumstances outside the library's control, a scheduled class may get canceled. As most cancellations are the result of last-minute emergencies, we apologize, in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you arrive to discover that a class has been canceled, please feel free to walk in on another class of the same or different type during the month. Whenever possible, cancelled classes will be recorded on the computer class information line, 202-727-1298.

If there is inclement weather, please call 202-727-1111 to find out if the library is open. Thank you, in advance, for your patience.