Technology Center



We now offer to our patrons!  Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.  Video courses for all levels cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.  Just click on the logo to get started.

NOTE!  Beginning in May, we will be expanding our Tech Center classroom schedule to include Thursday morning classes from 10am to 11:30am.

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 May. Click here for our computer skills Job class info for June. Click here for details about our Tech Center classes in May.   Click here for details about our Tech Center classes in June.  Computer course descriptions are available, below, in the Computer Class Descriptions folder.

We offer 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.

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

Tech Answer Room.    Need computer assistance?  Our friendly and knowledgeable Technology Staff can answer your more detailed questions in the Tech Answer Room.   One on one sessions are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays 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!

Photo Editing Intro :
Find out how easy it is to make the most of your photo’s, using Adobe’s
Photoshop Elements software here at the library.

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 Docs:
Google Docs is a great way of sharing documents over the internet.  And, it’s free!
Find out how to get started with this great tool.

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


Computer Class Schedules

May 2 (5-6:30pm)                 : Microsoft Excel Intro
May 4 (10-11:30am)             : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
May 5 (10-11:30am)             : Microsoft Word Intro
May 9 (5-6:30pm)                 : Internet Explorer
May 11 (10-11:30am)            : Microsoft Word Intermediate
May 12 (10-11:30am)            : Microsoft Excel Intro
May 16 (5-6:30pm)                : Microsoft Word Intro
May 18 (10-11:30pm)            : Microsoft Excel Intermediate
May 19 (10-11:30pm)            : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
May 23 (5-6:30pm)                : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
May 25 (10-11:30am)            : Internet Explorer
May 30 (10-11:30am)            : Microsoft Word Intro

June 1 (10-11:30am)             : Microsoft Word Intro
June 2 (10-11:30am)             : Microsoft Excel Intro
June 6 (5-6:30pm)                 : Internet Explorer
June 8 (10-11:30am)             : Microsoft Excel Intermediate
June 9 (10-11:30am)             :  Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
June 13 (5-6:30pm)               : Microsoft Excel Intro
June 15 (10-11:30pm)            : Microsoft Word Intermediate
June 16 (10-11:30pm)            : Internet Explorer
June 20 (5-6:30pm)                : Microsoft Excel Intermediate
June 22 (10-11:30am)            : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
June 23 (10-11:30am)            : Microsoft Word Intro
June 27 (5-6:30pm)                : LinkedIn
June 29 (10-11:30am)            : Digital Photo Editing
June 30 (10-11:30am)            : Keyboard, Mouse and 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