Computer Services

Discover with our fast and efficient computer services. 

Public Computers/Internet

There are 36 computers for public use located on the main floor.  Workstations are located in the Quiet Study,YoungAdultHomeworkCenter, 16-seat Computer Lab, Family Computing Area, Tween Lounge, and at carrels behind the Information Desk. The computers are equipped with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Open Office, and Internet browsing.  Audio use is allowed with headphones. Ear buds are available for purchase for $1.50 at the Information Desk or you may use your own.

All public computers in the Library are connected to high-speed laser printers located at the Information Desk and Children Desk.  Printouts are ten cents per page.

Wireless Internet Access

Wifi is available throughout the Library buildingDesignated Laptop Power Stations with electrical outlets are located on the main floor and in the Quiet Study Room.  Audio use is allowed with headphones. Wireless printing is not available.

Catalog Access

There are several catalog stations near the Check-Out Desk and strategically placed throughout the Library.  The catalog is also available through the Library’s webpage on any Internet-connected computer or device.

Self Check-Out

Most items may be checked out at the Checkout Desk or one of two self-checkout computers to streamline your library visit. Items requiring a fee must be checked out at the Checkout Desk.

Computer Training

Free hands-on basic computer skills classes are taught by SBPL staff. Class topics include Basic Computer Skills, Microsoft Word, Internet Searching, Picasa photo editing software from Google, Gmail, and Social Media. New classes are added based on public interest.  Go to Events Calendar and look through the listing or select Computer Training in the Events drop down menu bar for dates and times or Ask A Librarian.

Computer training is also available online through the Library’s Learning Express database.  Popular Software Tutorials include Adobe, Corel and Microsoft software packages. Windows and Mac operating systems also offered.

Online computer and technical training is also offered through Gale Courses which is available from our SBPL eBranch. Computer classes include Adobe, Microsoft, Quickbooks, Web Design, Graphic Design, Digital Photography and more.

Over 2400 online computer, technology and business classes are available to you for free at your library using Lynda.com.  You can login to these online courses from industry experts from anywhere.

Off-site Training for software on our iMac Digital Media Workstation can be found at Skokie Public Library Digital Media Lab’s software site.  You can study GarageBand  to make music or to create a podcast. Apple’s own website also provides training in iMovie and Garageband.

DigiLearn.org has self-directed computer training for : ‘Getting Started with a computer’, ‘Using a Mac OS’, ‘Basic Internet Search’, ‘Navigating a Website’, ‘Intro to Email’.


Computer Books & E-Books

The Library has a collection of popular Computer Books both in print and in the Library’s e-book collection.  If you need guidance to download an e-book please contact our information specialists at the Information Desk.  


We’ve got apps too!  View our Library Apps guide.  Use apps to download e-books and magazine articles and to research in our electronic reference book collection.  Walk-in help is available by staff at the Information Desk for downloading e-books and using Library Apps .  Most questions can be answered immediately; appointments are available if more time is needed.

iMovie training videos are available from the Apple Support website at : http://support.apple.com/videos#imovie

Garageband videoas are available here also at: http://support.apple.com/videos#garageband

If you have questions about mobile devices

If you do not currently own a mobile device or have questions about your own, see a staff  member at the Information Desk.  Learn more about how to download e-Books, search magazines, and online reference materials.  SBPL owns an iPad2, an android device, as well as Nook and Kindle e-readers. We schedule demonstration events throughout the year. Check our Events Calendar

for dates and times or Ask A Librarian