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.

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?
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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.

Wifi printing is now available at the Tech Center in the Ives (Main) Library.
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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 5-6:30 pm, Wednesdays 10:30 am – 12 noon and Fridays 10:30 am -12 noon
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.

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.

Microsoft Excel II: 
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

Microsoft Excel III – Pivot Tables: 
BuLeran how to create and use pivot tables in Excel. Pivot tables can automatically, sort count, total or give the average of the data stored in one table or spreadsheet, displaying the results in a second table showing the summarized data.

Windows 10 – Introduction :
Starting with the Windows 10 Start Menu, learn how to take advantage of the resources at your disposal in Microsoft Windows 10.

Keyboard, Mouse and Email Workshop:
A hands-on workshop which will enhance essential keyboard and mouse skills. You will also learn how to set up an email account.

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.

Microsoft Word II:
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.


Computer Class Schedules

July 3 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Microsoft Excel Intro
July 4 Class Cancelled
July 5 (10:30am – 12 noon)                       : Resume Writing
July 10 Class Cancelled
July 11 (5:00pm – 6:30 pm)                        : Microsoft Word Intro
July 12 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Job Searching
July 17 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Microsoft Excel Part II
July 18 (5:00pm – 6:30 pm)                        : Microsoft Excel Intro
July 19 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Microsoft Word Intro
July 24 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Microsoft Publisher Intro
July 25 (5:00pm – 6:30pm)                         : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
July 26 (10:30 am – 12 noon)                     :Microsoft Word Part II
July 31 (10:30 am – 12 noon)                     :Computer Intro

Aug 1 (5:00pm – 6:30 pm)                         : Microsoft Word Intro
Aug 2 (10:30am – 12 noon)                       : Resume Writing
Aug 7 (10:30am – 12 noon)                       : Microsoft Excel Intro
Aug 8 (5:00pm – 6:30 pm)                         : Microsoft PowerPoint Intro
Aug 9 (10:30am – 12 noon)                       : Job Searching
Aug 14 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Microsoft Excel Part II
Aug 15 (5:00pm – 6:30 pm)                        : Microsoft Excel Intro
Aug 16 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Microsoft Word Intro
Aug 21 (10:30am – 12 noon)                      : Computer Intro
Aug 22 (5:00pm – 6:30pm)                         : Microsoft Excel Part II
Aug 23 (10:30 am – 12 noon)                      :Microsoft Word Part II
Aug 28 (10:30 am – 12 noon)                      :Windows 10/Internet
Aug 29 (5:00pm – 6:30pm)                          :Microsoft Publisher Intro
Aug 30 (10:30 – 12 noon)                            :Microsoft PowerPoint Intro


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.


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