Located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library in our Adult Reference area, our Learning Lab provides computers for public use, educational tech classes, job application and resumé help, one-on-one computer assistance, and more!
We have 12 computers with internet access, Microsoft Office, front USB ports for flash drive access, and lab staff that are always on hand to assist with your computer questions. Printing is available at a cost of 10 cents per page for black & white, 50 cents per page for color. 3D printing is also available, more information can be found here.
Reach the Learning Lab at 419.521.3146.
We’ll explain the basics of searching and navigation the internet, explain browsers, search engines, and the cloud. (Absolute beginners should take our “Intro to Computing” class first.)
Internet-Beyond the Basics
Do you know the basics? Then come back and learn about advanced search techniques and cloud storage in our intermediate class.
Learn precautions that you can take to help keep your online information secure and your well-being intact.
How to Zoom
line meeting program “Zoom” and connect with business, friends and family! Hands-on practice in the class!
Basic Computing for the Workplace
A general overview of basic workplace skills such as email, Windows, Microsoft Office, and Google.
Learn how to navigate, format text, save and retrieve a file. Students will learn how to cut, copy, paste and more.
Word-Beyond the Basics
Learn how to configure the Quick Access Toolbar, use proofing and autocorrect, the ruler, tabs and tables.
Learn about headers and footers, margins, sections, page numbering and more.
Learn how to create and format a spreadsheet using basic formulas for business or personal use.
Excel-Beyond the Basics
Extend your knowledge with new functions, advanced formatting, filtering, sorting, and charts.
Learn about logical functions, conditional formatting, and pivot tables.
Understand slides and themes, and learn how to manipulate images and text in our introductory class.
PowerPoint-Beyond the Basics
Build on basics skills learned in the first class, learning new tips and tricks to create eye-catching presentations.
Publisher – The Basics
This class offers an introduction to Publisher and a tutorial on making a business card.
Publisher – Beyond The Basics
This class expands upon the basic features of Publisher and teaches how to create a
flyer without a template.
Publisher – Advanced
In this class, we cover the more advanced
features of Publisher and learn how to
create a brochure.
We offer a series of engaging programs about this modern technology. Find out more here.
Our Learning Lab staff will set up an appointment to help you with your computer questions. Call 419.521.3146 to schedule an appointment.
Not all classes are available each month. Check the At the Library newsletter or our event calendar for upcoming classes. Looking for a way to improve your computer or internet skills? Check out Northstar Digital Literacy using your library card!
Need help downloading ebooks or audiobooks? Got a question about your iPad or smartphone? You can schedule a free, one-on-one Zoom or Google Meet session with a member of our Learning Lab team. If you would like to set up an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance by calling 419-521-3146 or emailing email@example.com. Appointments last for up to 30 minutes and may be scheduled once per week. Topics covered include but are not limited to:
Please let us know what device you are using, what topic you need help with and date/times that would work for you.
Located by the Learning Lab on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, our laptop kiosk is open for self-service for anyone who is 18+ with a valid MRCPL library card. Six laptops are housed in slots that clear personal information, charge, and secure the laptop until it is checked out. Each laptop is checked out for 2-hour increments and must be returned 15 minutes before closing time.
Laptops can be used in any public space within the Library but must remain in the building.
The laptops have internet access, Microsoft Office Suite, and a connection to our public Print Release stations throughout the library.