Technology for All
Working with the City of Seattle, we promote digital equity with our programs and services. By offering computer and internet literacy classes and access to digital devices and online resources, we make sure everyone benefits, at work and at home.
We loan Wi-Fi hotspot devices to give people with limited internet access more digital freedom. We loan devices through branches, as well as offsite at locations, including:
- Goodwill ESL and job skills courses
- Homeless encampments
- Low income housing developments
- Community organizations and events
Promoting Digital Literacy
We offer basic technology classes so people can learn to use email, do online research and find information at the Library. Improve your job skills by studying new computer programs in English, or another language. Take online classes, or prepare for job exams online.
Register for a free Tech Help tutorial and get one hour of free training in basic technology, and get tips on using our services. Tutorials are available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. Register in person at the Central Library’s Level 5 reference desk, or by calling 206-386-4636.
Computer basics classes teach you how to use a computer and mouse, the internet and common software programs like word processing and spreadsheets. You can also learn how to blog, and use social media.
Through Microsoft Imagine Academy you can you can learn to use word processing, spreadsheet, project management or graphic design software for free.
We offer dozens of free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for adults and teens who are learning English
Taking a test for school or a job?
Practice with LearningExpress, which includes tests required for civil service, firefighting, law enforcement, military, nursing, real estate, teaching and other careers.
Free Access for All
Every branch has computers you can use to search our catalog, or the internet. Use the internet for up to 90 minutes per day from branch terminals. Searching for a job? You can use the internet for an additional two hours at the Job Resource Center located on Level 5 of the Central Library.
All branches offer free Wi-Fi, so you can connect to the internet from a smart phone or tablet. We also lend Wi-Fi hotspot technology to individuals (for up to 21 days), community centers, housing developments and homeless encampments, so everyone can use the internet and digital Library resources from any location.
Youth Technology Access
Learning to use computers and technology helps kids do better in school or their future careers.
- LibraryLab makes it fun for kids to learn science, technology, engineering and math.
- Story’hood is a mobile app that uses games to teach teens research and mobile device skills.
- Bibliobandido helps kids ages 8 to 10 learn about bookmaking, science and technology.
- Robot Backpacks are provided by the National Science foundation so that participating families can attend robotics workshops, then check out backpacks to explore more at home.
Our digital equity programs are made possible by partnerships with community organizations, including:
If you have a question or are interested in partnering with us to expand digital access, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636.