Technology and Access for All Video

Staff and patrons discuss highlights of our free technology classes, equipment and other services.

Technology Skills Video

Library patrons and staff discuss Library programs for building technology skills.

Technology for Productivity Video

Library patrons describe how they use Library technology to get things done.

The Importance of Technology Access Video

Library patrons and staff discuss how access to Library technology changes lives.

Website Accessibility Video

Library staff and our accessibility consultant describe how we made sure our website is accessible to as many people as possible.

Internet and Computers

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 7 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.

Some branches have FlexTech laptops you can borrow while you are in the branch, so you can access the internet and our online resources from anywhere inside the building.

SPL HotSpot

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

Certification Exams

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with Washington State Library to offer free Intuit, Information Technology (IT) Specialist, Microsoft Certified Fundamentals, and Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams as a part of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program to those that currently live, work or attend college in Washington State.

Technology Skills

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 English learning classes for adults and teens to use for daily life, work, and citizenship. 

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.
  • Digital Learning programs for all ages teach you computation, coding, electronics, and other STEM principles through fun, creative activities.
  • 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.

Low-Cost Internet Access

The City of Seattle maintains a list of low-cost internet options to help you afford internet access at home.

Community Partners

If you have a question or are interested in partnering with us to expand digital access, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636.