Computer basics

The library offers many useful tools to help you learn how to use technology.


With your library card, strengthen your work credentials, round out your digital skillset, and learn the ins and outs of social media with Northstar Digital Literacy. Take online assessments and strengthen your knowledge of basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in essential computer skills, software skills, and technology in daily life.

PCs for People

PCs for People provides low-cost computers and mobile hotspots to those who need them. To qualify, participants must already be enrolled in a government-based assistance program or have a qualifying household income.

Check your eligibility with PCs for People

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

Learn more and check eligiblility


RASCAL aims to assist seniors (50+) in learning how to use computers and other technology related devices. They host weekly meetings and classes that cover Windows operating systems for PCs, Apple/Mac operating systems, MS Office applications, Email, Internet browsers and many more. RASCAL also provides free monthly discussion groups covering Android, Windows and Apple devices and a Dial-a-Helper service, a technology assistance over the phone, through email, or in person.

Library databases and online tutorials

Computer Science Database
Use this collection to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology. Search the Computer Science Database
If you’re new to computers, these tutorials will help empower you to be more comfortable with this type of technology, from learning the parts of a computer to using a mouse. Visit GCFGlobal
Learn touch typing online using TypingClub's free typing courses. It includes 650 typing games, typing tests, and videos. Visit TypingClub
Virtual Privacy Lab from San Jose Public Library
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs. Learn to control your online identity and protect your sensitive data. Visit Virtual Privacy Lab