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Computer Classes

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We offer a variety of computer, technology, and mobile skill classes. You can also learn how to download and stream with your Library card and get a variety of tips and tricks on our blog at tech & mobile skills.

The Tech Learning Lab on the1st Floor at Central Library also provides personal assistance from Library staff for patrons using the library's Windows 10 computers. Staff can assist with learning computer skills, accessing common online services, and using your personal device such as smartphone, tablet, or laptop to access the library's online services and programs.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

Build Your Computer Skills

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Are You Smarter Than a Scammer? Spotting and Avoiding Online Scams
Can you spot a scam? Avoid falling prey to an online scam with simple tips that can help you spot them. Learn about common scam methods, what you should do if you've received a scam message, and practice spotting scams in your e-mail, text, or when browsing online. Celebrate Digital Inclusion Week!

Improve Your Internet Skills
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Find out how to get things done while staying safe online

Introduction to Gmail
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Learn the basics of Gmail including how to register for an account, compose and forward emails, manage your inbox, and best practices for email security!

Introduction to Microsoft Word
Discover how to create, format, print, and share documents with text, images, and tables in this three-part introduction to Microsoft Word Online.

Typing Practice and Instruction
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Adults are invited to learn how to click, scroll, and what to do with some of those strange keys on the keyboard. Get a crash course on computer parts and keys!

Central Library Build Your Technology and Computer Skills with Northstar Digital Literacy
Do you want to build your technology skills? Take a skill assessment to develop a custom learning plan for 10+ topics including Microsoft Office, Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and more. Use your results to focus on learning the computer skills you need to be successful and meet your goals.

Central Library Creative Coding Afternoon
Kids ages 6-17 and their families can join us in the Arena of the Learning Curve to try out different computer games or to program your own using Scratch! Friends with experience creating games can come to share what they have made!

Central Library Cutting the Cable Cord - Free to Stream
Adults looking for cheaper alternatives to pricey cable and satellite television packages are invited to learn about the pros, cons, and costs of streaming platforms such as Amazon and Netflix, including The Library's free streaming services.

East 38th Street Building Digital Literacy - Open Lab
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In this class, you can use NorthStar Digital Literacy to practice the computer skills that are most relevant to you. Create a profile in NorthStar Digital Literacy to access various computer training modules on subjects such as basic computer skills, social media, and Microsoft Excel.

LinkedIn Learning - Take free classes anytime, at your own pace
Learn relevant, professional, technology skills on LinkedIn Learning. Your library card gives you free unlimited access to classes in technology categories like cloud computing, data science, database management, IT help desk, mobile development, network and system administration, security, software development, and web development. Learn how here.

Martindale-Brightwood Introduction to Windows 10
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Learn how to navigate and manage one of the most widely-used computer operating systems!

Nora Start Building a Free Website with
Learn the first steps in using the Wix program’s free drag-and-drop editor and templates for creating a customized website. No coding knowledge is required!

World Computer Classes
World Computer Classes take place at our Haughville, Nora, Eagle, West Indianapolis, Garfield Park, and Central Library in partnership with Digital Synapsis. Currently offered in Spanish, IndyPL plans to offer classes in more languages in the future. Typical classes include topics like how to use Google Workspace and getting to know or deciding on a device that is best for you. Topics such as these are important for success in school, business, or just personal use. Check our online calendar for World Computer Classes sessions.

Digital Creativity Classes

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Central Library 3D Printing
Learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad and the 3D Systems Cube Printer. Dream it, design it, print it! This program will be held in the Makerspace. No registration is required.

Central Library Adobe Creative Cloud Self-Study
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Learn about Adobe Creative Cloud or work on a project with the library's training computers. Use Adobe's beginner tutorials or access video tutorials from LinkedIn Learning with your library card. See description for how to prepare for this session and available Adobe Software on training computers.

Central Library Adobe Photoshop Basics
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Get started editing images and photos. Discover how to transform images to match your artistic vision. Explore the basic tools you will need and gain hands-on experience.

Central Library Get Inspired with Adobe Capture
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Find design inspiration everywhere. Learn how to quickly transform your inspiration into digital art with your phone by extracting colors, patterns, and more from images and ordinary objects.

Reading Recommendations from Our Tech Learning Team

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Whether you are a beginner or looking to build on your current skills, our Tech Learning Team has gathered some of their favorite books and resources to help you! See all the Tech Learning Team book lists here.