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 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 Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"Do you have questions about accessing library e-books and audiobooks? Interested in learning more about all the other resources available digitally through the library -- including popular magazines and streaming films?

Then join us for our Downloadable Media Clinics, now being held every first Thursday evening of the month. Drop by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on these evenings for one-on-one help with Downloadable Media resources including OverDrive, Zinio, IndieFlix, and more. 

For best results, please bring your library card and e-reader, tablet, or other device. If you have one of the earlier Nook models, please also bring your laptop.

Unable to make it on the first Thursday of the month but still need help? E-mail or call 202-727-0232 to set up an appointment at a more convenient time. 

(Photo by appsmanila/Flickr)

Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

Published on Saturday, September 13, 2014
PCs for Dummies by Dan Gookin

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

Classes begin at 10 a.m. and end at 12 noon. The October schedule is:

  • Introduction to PCs (Oct. 14)
  • World Wide Web Basics (Oct. 21)
  • DC Public Library website (Oct. 28)

Please note that class will not be held on Oct. 7.

DC Public Library resources to maximize success

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

Job Hunting Online by Mark BollesYou are cordially invited to attend this workshop at 7 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 29.  Learn how to create an eye catching resume, write an effective cover letter, and give a memorable interview in this hour long session.  Handouts provided.

September 2014

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the Tuesday morning computer classes at the Southwest Library.  Classes begin at 10 a.m., and end at 12 noon.  September classes include Email Basics (Sept. 9), Introduction to Microsoft Word (Sept. 16), Introduction to Microsoft Excel (Sept. 23), and Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (Sept. 23).  Please note that class is not scheduled for Sept. 2.Word 2007 for Dummies by Dan Gookin

A workshop about Library Resources, 7 p.m. on Monday, August 11

Published on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are you looking for the perfect plumber, or a terrific toaster oven?  Whatever product or service you need, the public library is the perfect place to start your search.  In this workshop, you'll learn about library resources you'll find useful in evaluating products and services.Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing and Safety

August 2014

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the August 2014 computer classes at the Southwest Library.  Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and end at 12 noon.  August classes include  Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (Aug. 5), PC Basics (Aug. 12), Introduction to the Internet (Aug. 19) and the DC Public Library website (Aug. 26).PCs for Dummies

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014

Book stackLooking for fresh titles to take on an August trip, enjoy on a blanket in Dumbarton Oaks Park, or just get cozy with on the couch? 

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
MLK's Digital Commons presents "Print of the Week", a new series where you can vote on the next item we create using the Digital Commons' 3D printer! Each week, the creation of the winning item will be broadcast on our live stream, and you can tune in to ask questions and get the latest 3D printer news.

The theme of our first show is "geeks". Be sure to check out pictures of possible prints after the poll!

July Schedule

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the Tuesday morning computer classes at Southwest Library.  Classes start at 10 a.m. and finish at 12 noon.  July classes include Introduction to Email (July 1), Microsoft Word Basics (July 8), and Microsoft Excel Basics (July 29).  Please note that classes will not be held on July 15 or July 22.

Word 2007 for Dummies

10 a.m.-12 noon

Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the Tuesday morning computer classes at the Southwest Library.  Classes start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12 noon.  June sessions include PC Basics (June 3), Introduction to the World Wide Web (June 10), and The DC Public Library Website (June 24).  Please note that class is not scheduled for June 17.
PC Basics

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: