CyberNavigator Classes and Workshops »
Topics include computer basics such as using a mouse and keyboard, email basics and Internet basics such as web searching.
Using Computers at CPL
All Chicago Public Library locations offer computers with free Internet access and LibreOffice software. LibreOffice is an open-source office suite compatible with Microsoft Office. The following LibreOffice components are available:
- Writer: A word processor similar to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.
- Calc: A spreadsheet program similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3.
- Impress: A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint.
Reserve a Computer »
Sign up for a computer session, and find information about printing, WiFi and more.
Computer Skills Training »
Determine your computer skill level and connect to online computer skills courses to achieve training goals. While this resource is specifically designed for job searchers, the online courses are suited for anyone learning more about computers and the Internet.
Connect Chicago »
Find locations throughout the city that offer free computer and Internet access and technology training.
The Chicago Public Library’s CyberNavigators offer small group classes and one-on-one hands-on computer assistance at 42 library locations throughout the city.
CPL offers resources to help keep kids and teens safe online:
This U.S. government site has tips for Internet users to guard against Internet fraud and protect personal information.
Getting an Email Address
For many people new to the Internet, setting up an email account is one of the first things they do.
This list should not be taken as an endorsement by the Chicago Public Library for any of these services. Some widely used email providers are:
A guide to setting up and using a Gmail account.
Google Mail Tutorials »
Videos on signing up for a Gmail address.
Yahoo Mail Tutorials »
Video and screen-by-screen directions for using Yahoo email.
Creating a Document
Learn more about using LibreOffice to create and type documents.
Getting Started with LibreOffice »
User guides to LibreOffice.
LibreOffice Calc »
Video tutorials provide tips for using the spreadsheet program in LibreOffice.
LibreOffice Writer »
Video tutorials to learn how to use the word processing program in LibreOffice.