Free Tech Training for Beginners and Beyond

Maybe you were late to get onboard the technology bandwagon due to slowly improving internet connectivity and cell phone coverage in your area? Or, perhaps, you do use technology, but you need to improve your skills to advance in your field?

Where can computer greenhorns and more experienced tech users get affordable tech training? At the library, classes are free!

Beginner Classes

“Our very basic computing classes run throughout the year,” said Seth Smith, the librarian in charge of tech classes at the Columbia Public Library. “The drop-in sessions are a place where you can get individual assistance. People that only have the rudiments of knowledge about computing may need help applying for jobs online, accessing insurance information or other social services. We are there to help with almost everything, except hardware problems.”

Tech help drop-in sessions are offered twice a week at the Columbia Public Library and monthly at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton and the Holts Summit Public Library.

If you would benefit from individualized instruction, you can schedule an in-person appointment at the Columbia Public Library or a virtual one-on-one session. Use this form to request a One-on-One Tech Help appointment.

You can also register to attend other basic classes offered at the Columbia Public Library on topics like Google Photos, Google Drive, Canva and Digital Organization 101. See all Columbia tech classes.

Intermediate and More Advanced Tech Training

“Our subscriptions to online learning resources let us expand the number and types of free computer classes that we can offer our patrons,” said Kirk Henley, DBRL collection services manager. ”Both Universal Class and LinkedIn Learning offer classes and tutorials useful to both beginners and advanced learners on a wide range of tech topics. All you need to get started is a library card.”

LinkedIn Learning

This resource offers free online courses and video tutorials on technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more for beginners through advanced learners. The technology library offers current and aspiring technology professionals deep coverage of various platforms, applications and programming languages. Courses cover a wide range of in-demand skills — cloud computing, full-stack web development, DevOps, networking, cybersecurity, data science, AI and more.

Universal Class

Universal Class offers a variety of online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with remote, 24/7 access so you can study on your schedule. Enroll in up to five courses at a time and have six months to finish each course. Take 35 different computer training online courses and 35 web development training courses. Earn an official certificate documenting course hours and continuing education units for most courses completed.

Technology plays such a large role in our business communities, personal lives and culture. The library gives you the opportunity to keep pace with advancing technology so you don’t feel left behind in our ever-changing world.