Computer Classes

We offer free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults. We'll make you more confident when using computers in the library, at work, at home 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 currently offered on a walk-in basis (no registration required, except where indicated). Seats will be filled on a first-come, space available basis. We highly recommend that you arrive on time for the classes you wish to attend. 

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.

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.

The library is also currently partnering with ByteBack to offer longer training sessions to our users.  Please visit ByteBack's website to find out more, or call to register:  202-529-3395.

Class Descriptions

Computers skills are required for success in the workplace. Take our computer classes to gain the skills that can help you get a job and keep it.
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Classes


How often are classes offered?

Free computer classes are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Classes are advertised on a monthly basis about one week before the first of the month. From month to month, class times vary in order to accommodate morning, afternoon and evening 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.


Do I have to register to attend?

No, you do not have to register. All classes are available on a walk-in basis only. This means that seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis. There may be certain classes in the future that require registration. These classes will receive special notations both on the Web site and in the monthly calendar brochure. Seniors are welcome in all classes!


What happens if I am late for class?

Even though all classes are available on a walk-in basis, we highly recommend that you arrive on time for the class you wish to attend. Some classes may fill up, and then you will not be able to get a seat. 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?

About one week before the upcoming month of classes, the schedule of computer classes is distributed in brochure format to neighborhood libraries throughout the city. It is also available at the Central Information Desk at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Main Branch). This same schedule is also posted on the library's Web site. 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 classes at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK) are held in our Computer Lab (Room 311), located on the third floor 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 sometimes be canceled. When we find out about a cancellation in time, we will leave a message on the computer class information line, 202-727-1298. The word “Canceled” will also be placed next to the class title on the online calendar. Sometimes, we may have to cancel a class because of a last-minute, emergency situation. We apologize if this happens. 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.

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


Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MedlinePlusLooking for a website where you can find reliable, easy-to-understand information about health and wellness?

Join us for a hands-on tutorial on MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) website full of information on medical conditions and procedures, prescription and over-the-counter medications, healthy lifestyle choices and more! 

The tutorials, which last approximately one hour, will take place:

  • Tuesday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.

The same information will be covered at all three sessions. 

Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call the library at 202-727-0232.

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014

iPad AirDo you need help accessing library e-books and e-audio? Have you heard about downloading magazines and music through the library but aren't sure how to do it? Are you interested in the library's latest streaming resources, such as Access Video on Demand?

Published on Monday, February 24, 2014

job & career acceleratorThroughout the month of March, the Deanwood library will be holding a series of computer classes to help you improve your skills, whether you are a beginner in need of the basics or an intermediate user in need of a refresher. 

Workshop 1: Email
Monday, March 10 at 11 a.m.
Workshop 1 will focus on effectively using your email account to its fullest potential.
Topics covered will include:

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

Question MarkBetween special programs like our January E-reader Rescue Weekend sessions, our regular Downloadable Media Clinics, and more casual conversations with those who use the library's digital resources, we at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library get a lot of great tech questions, some of which come up repeatedly.

Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Published on Monday, January 27, 2014

PCs for Dummies by Dan Gookin

You are cordially invited to attend the February drop in computer classes at Southwest Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Learn about a different computer-related topic each week. 
  • Feb. 4: Introduction to Personal Computers  
  • Feb. 11: Introduction to the Internet
  • Feb. 18: DC Public Library website
  • Feb. 25: Email basics


Published on Monday, December 30, 2013

Kindle Fire HDDid you receive an e-reader or tablet over the holidays? Would you like to use it to access library e-books and other digital resources?

Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon

Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

You are cordially invited to attend the Tuesday morning computer classes at Southwest Library. Each week, a different topic is explored. 

Microsoft Excel for Dummies

January 2014 classes include:

Jan. 7: Email basics
Jan. 14: Microsoft Word
Jan. 21: Microsoft Excel
Jan. 28: Microsoft Powerpoint

Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

Published on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Internet for DummiesYou are cordially invited to attend free, drop in computer classes at Southwest Library on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The December schedule offers:

  • Introduction to Personal Computers (Dec. 3)
  • Internet Basics (Dec. 10)
  • District of Columbia Public Library website (Dec. 17)


Classes will resume with email basics on Jan. 7, 2014.

Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
PCs for Dummies by Dan Gookin

You are cordially invited to the Tuesday morning computer classes at the Southwest Library.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. Topics covered in October and November are:

  • Email basics (Oct. 29)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word (Nov. 5)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel (Nov. 12)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (Nov. 19)

Workshop builds on basic knowledge of Illustrator CS6

Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

adobe illustrator logoThis workshop will build on basic knowledge of the tools and tricks of Illustrator CS6 and apply them to a project. This time we are going to create camp badges in order to better understand the gradients, paths, fills and strokes within Adobe Illustrator CS6. We will also learn about cool websites for vector graphics to apply to your future Illustrator projects. The first class will be Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Check the calendar for additional dates and times. 

Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013

PCs for DummiesYou are cordially invited to attend Thursday morning computer tutorials at the Southwest Library. Each session offers an in-depth opportunity to learn a different set of computer related skills. August sessions include:

  • Aug. 1: Introduction to Personal Computers
  • Aug. 8: Introduction to the Internet
  • Aug. 15: The District of Columbia Public Library website
  • Aug. 22: Email Basics

Please note that no class is scheduled on Aug. 29.

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