Computer Classes

The Cambridge Public Library offers free computer classes at the Main Library. Unless otherwise noted, registration is recommended but not required. For additional information, call 617-349-4041.

Internet Basics (Computer Classroom)

Learn the basics of how to use the internet -- no previous experience required.

Wednesdays, 6-8pm - September 5, 12, 26, October 3, and 10. Register here for this five-session series.

Email Basics (Richard C. Rossi Room)

Learn the basics of how to use email -- no previous experience required.

Wednesdays, 6-8pm - October 17, 24, 31, November 7,  and 14 (Rindge Room - this class only). Register here for this five-session series.

Google Apps & Cloud (Community Room)

Confused or new to computing in the cloud? Join us for a two-hour introduction on using Google Apps to make, store and share documents and photos in Google Drive. Students will learn a little bit about what is meant by the terms, cloud, apps and drive, then learn to make, store, share and edit documents. All participants should have a google gmail account. If you don’t have one, we’ll help you get one at the start of the class. Click on a date below to register for the session you want.

Monday, September 17, 6-8pm (This session is now FULL! Please consider singing up for another session or class, such as Google Docs)

Monday October 15, 6-8pm

Monday, November 19 (10am - noon, this class only)

Monday, December 17, 6-8pm.


Google Docs (Computer Classroom)

Tuesdays, 6-8pm - September 25, October 2, and October 9

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Learn how to use Google Docs, a free and simple online word processor, similar to Microsoft Word.


We’ll learn how tow to:

  • Create a document with a variety of formatting, photos, and links 
  • Save and manage your documents
  • Understand all the changes made to a document over time (its revision history 
  • Work collaboratively, leaving and responding to comments in a document

Please note: All participants should have a Google account before class. Please create your Google account ahead of time. Make sure to remember your username and password.


Get a head start: Learn about the basics of Google Docs


Google Sheets (Computer Classroom)

Tuesdays, 6-8pm - October 16, 23, and 30

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Learn how to use Google Sheets, a free and simple online spreadsheet creator, similar to Microsoft Excel.


We’ll learn how to:

  • Organize data in a spreadsheet
  • Calculate numbers automatically in a spreadsheet using formulas
  • Create graphs from data in a spreadsheet 
  •  Work collaboratively, leaving and responding to comments in a spreadsheet

Please note: All participants should have a Google account before class. Please create your Google account ahead of time. Make sure to remember your username and password.


Get a head start: Learn about the basics of Google Sheets


Google Slides (Computer Classroom)

Tuesdays, 6-8pm - November 6, 13, and 20

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Learn how to use Google Slides, a free and simple online presentation tool, similar to Microsoft PowerPoint.


We’ll learn how to:

  • Create and format presentation slides 
  •  Add photos and animations to slides 
  •  Work collaboratively, leaving and responding to comments in a presentation

Please note: All participants should have a Google account before class. Please create your Google account ahead of time. Make sure to remember your username and password.


Get a head start: Learn about the basics of Google Slides

"Tech Goes Home" Computer Classes for Beginners (Community Room)
  • Do you want to learn typing and mouse skills?
  • Do you want to learn how to set up an email account?
  • Do you want to learn how to do online job search?
  • Do you want to learn word processing, online browsing, maps?
Learn all this, and more in our free Tech Goes Home classes.
When:  Wednesdays, 2 pm – 3:30 pm, September 5 - November 14, 2018
Meeting dates:  September 5, 12, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14 (No class on 9/19)
Program Commitment: 15 hours. Participants must register and commit to attending all sessions.
Registration:  August 1st – August 29th, please call 857-235-9826. (This class is now FULL! Consider signing up to the Internet Basics and Email Basics courses above, which are still open, to cover similar material.)
After completion of the program, participants have the option of purchasing a new internet laptop for $50.