Technology Center

Wifi printing is now available at the Tech Center in the Ives (Main) Library.
Click here for more info!

NHFPL is committed to supporting a tech-savvy New Haven. Classes for various skill levels are regularly scheduled at branches across our system. See descriptions and times for Ives Main Technology Center classes below. Branch classes are listed in our calendar.

Looking for a job?  Need to upgrade your computer skills?  Whatever your learning style, we can help.  Click here to take your pick of our free offerings in February. Click here for our overall computer class info for March. Click here for details about our Tech Center classes in February.   Click here for details about our Tech Center classes in March.  Computer course descriptions are available, below, in the Computer Class Descriptions folder.

PLEASE NOTE.  Starting in October we will be offering a Computer Class Attendance Certificate program.  Click here for more info.  And, here’s a helpful reminder!  In addition to our Technology Center Classes, you can further expand your computer skills via Learning Express Popular Software Tutorials which are available on this website.  Click here to visit Learning Express.

Tech Answer Room.    Need computer assistance?  Our friendly and knowledgable Technology Staff can answer your more detailed qustions in the Tech Answer Room.   One on one sessions are offered on Mondays and Thursdays from             3pm to 5pm.

Good Technology Reads.  Check out the new, and informative additions (click on folder below) to our collection.



Computer classrooms are available for rental ($25 for a two-hour period) at both  Ives Main Technology Center Computer Lab and the Wilson Branch.

For more details, see below.


Tech Center Facilities

The Technology Center consists of:

  • more than 40 computers with internet access
  • computer classroom with smart board
  • three tutor rooms accommodating 1-3 persons each
  • Board Room with audio and video conferencing capability
  • Program Room with technology and media capabilities


Technology Training

Weekly Computer Classes
Mondays 5-6 pm and Wednesdays 10–11 am
These free classes require some familiarity using a keyboard and a mouse.
Each week a separate computer topic is presented with hands on PC access.
Register in advance by calling 203.946.8130 ext. 219

PC classroom white board and work stations!


Technology Across Generations (TAG)
Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. and 5-6:15 p.m.

Are you 50+ years old and just beginning to learn how to use computers? We will get you started with free one-on-one computer instruction.

Register in advance by calling 203.946.7001.


Computer Class Descriptions

PC Basics :
What is hardware? What is software? By learning about your
computer, you’ll be better able to take advantage of its possibilities!

Internet Explorer – Accessing the Internet :
Internet Explorer is Microsoft’s browser. Browers are the bridge between
you and the Internet.  Learn how to use it!

Microsoft Excel Intro:
Excel is one of Microsoft’s most powerful tools. Learn the basics about how to create and use spreadsheets. Cells, formulas and charts are among the topics covered.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel: 
Building on lessons learned in Excel Primer class.  You will create a home budget sheet.  Also included:  formatting cells, expanded formula application and auto fill

Windows 7 – Introduction :
Starting with the Windows 7 Taskbar, learn how to take advantage of the resources at your disposal in Microsoft Windows 7.

Keyboard and Mouse Workshop:
A hands-on workshop which will enhance essential keyboard and mouse skills.

Email: Set up a free Yahoo email account:
By the end of this class you will have your own email account for keeping
in touch.

Microsoft Word Intro:
Use Word to create documents that are key in today’s world for job searching and so much else. Learn how to create a cover letter using Word.

Intermediate Word:
Building on lessons learned in Word Introduction class. You will format a more extensive document than in the intro class. Also included: paragraph formatting, AutoCorrect, and tables.

Google Searches:
Google is one of the most powerful search engines. Learn
how to search the Internet using Google.

Power Point:
Learn how to use Microsoft’s Power Point to support your presentations with  educational and persuasive organizing text and images.

Facebook :
An introduction to the very, very popular ‘social network’ program. It’s easy to set up an account and join in the world of social media.

Get started with one of the best networking tools on the Internet. Learn how to set up account and build your LinkedIn profile.

Google Tools:
Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.  These are just some of the free tools that Google has to offer.  Class introduces you to these.

New class!  Teaching basic PC skills:  How to use keyboard.  How to use mouse.  And, how to get started with email.


Computer Class Schedules

March 3 (10-11:30am)         : Microsoft Word Intermediate
March 5 (5-6:30pm)             : Microsoft Excel Intro – Cancelled due to snow storm
March 10 (10-11:30pm)       : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
March 12 (5-6:30pm)           : Microsoft Word Intro
March 17 (10-11:30am)       : Microsoft Excel Intermediate
March 19 (5-6:30pm)           : Microsoft Word Intermediate
March 24 (10-11:30pm)       : Keyboard/Mouse/Email
March 26 (5-6:30pm)           : Cancelled – Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
March 31 (10-11:30am)       : Microsoft Excel Intro

April   2 (5-6:30pm)             : Microsoft Excel Intermediate
April   7 (10-11:30pm)         : Microsoft Word Intro
April   9 (5-6:30pm)             : Microsoft Word Intermediate
April 14 (10-11:30am)         : Keyboard/Mouse/Email
April 16 (5-6:30pm)             : Microsoft Excel Intro
April 21 (10-11:30pm)         : Microsoft Word Intermediate
April 23 (5-6:30pm)             : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
April 28 (10-11:30am)         : Microsoft Power Point Intro
April 30 (5-6:30pm)             : Keyboard/Mouse/Email



Daily Computer Access

To use our public computers, New Haven residents must present a valid New Haven library card.

Adults with a New Haven Library Card may use a computer for 90 minutes, in any combination of minutes during a given day.

CT residents should obtain a library card from their hometown library and
visit our circulation desk to register their card’s barcode in our system.

In addition to the daily 90 minute time, a library card holder may also use an
Express Terminal for 30 minutes.

Out-of-state visitors must present a valid photo ID or passport to obtain a guest pass. Out of state residents receive 90 minutes of computer time per day.


Good Technology Reads

Excellent texts for getting you up-to-date.


Contact Information
Contact Information:
Tom Smith
Technology Center Supervisor
203.946.8130 ext. 219