Computers, Internet, and Wireless Access

Computer Training Centers

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Searching for a new job or just need to update your technology skills? Come to the Pratt Library Computer Training Centers. Free computer classes are offered at five Pratt Library branches and the Public Computer Center at the Central Library.

New computer users can become comfortable when using technology. Our classes on computer use and software applications are geared toward people with little to no computer experience.

Free Computer Classes

Our core teachings are personal computer basics, job and career computer skills, and Microsoft Office and Google applications.

Locations

Computer Reservations

When classes are not in session, computers may be reserved for 2 or 4 hour slots at these locations:

  • Central Library‚Äôs Public Computer Center: call 410-545-6319
  • Orleans Street Branch or Southeast Anchor Library: call 410-545-0735

Technology

All training center computers have:

  • Windows 7 Operating System
  • Microsoft Office 2010 programs
  • Mavis Beacon typing tutorial program
  • Printers

Accessibility

  • A wheelchair-accessible computer workstation is available at each computer center.
  • Many computers also have ZoomText software which magnifies the screen image for individuals with visual disabilities, and a voice component so that the page can be read aloud.

Internet Use

Internet use in the Computer Centers are guided by the Library's Internet policy.

Tutorials and Training Links

When you are not in class, practice your skills at any Pratt library location, or in the comfort of your home.

  • Digital Learn: tutorials on computer basics, internet security, job skills, cloud storage, Skype, Facebook and more. Tutorials are also in Spanish.
  • GCF Learn Free: tutorials on computer basics, Internet, Microsoft Office and more.
  • Gale Courses: free courses, mostly 6 weeks long, offer introductory, intermediate and advanced computer tutorials in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access and many more. Complete the course and receive a record of completion certification. Accessible in all Pratt Library locations, or from home with your library card.