Master Technology

Digital skills have become more and more pertinent to modern-day living. Don't feel like you're being left behind! BCPL has many free online courses and in-person classes to help you master any technological skills you need.

One-on-One Assistance

Our friendly and knowledgeable reference librarians offer free one-on-one computer skills classes during scheduled reference hours at each branch location. Subjects include computer basics, Web navigation and e-mail, social networking sites, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, and the basics of Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint. We also provide training on our library databases and online catalog and an overview of resources on our library website.

To schedule an appointment, e-mail reference@bcplib.org or call the Reference Desk at 502-543-7675 ext. 4.

Online Resources through BCPL

  • LearningExpress Library: Computer Skills Center

    Enjoy video courses on topics ranging from computer maintenance and internet safety to popular software programs like Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Lynda.com

    Lynda is a premier online learning resource offering tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it’s easy fit into a busy schedule. To get started, you just need your BCPL card number and PIN.

  • Treehouse

    Treehouse is an online video and interactive learning platform that specializes in teaching people of all ages how to design and develop websites and mobile apps. Tracks include web development, web design, iOs and Android app development, WordPress development and design, game development, and various programming languages, including HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby. Courses are taught through short videos, with quizzes, code challenges, and other activities to help reinforce new skills and concepts.

Selected Web Resources

  • Code Academy logo

    Code Academy

    Uses simple exercises to build programming and Web development skills. Courses include Make a Website, Make an Interactive Website, and languge courses in HTML & CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and more.

  • edX

    edX offers over 650 courses in computer science, the humanities, and math, with over 1,700 faculty and staff from the likes of Harvard, MIT, Berkley, Caltech, and the Sorbonne teaching and discussing topics online. Began as collaboration between Harvard and MIT to bring some of their signature courses to anyone with a computer.

  • Khan Academy

    Khan Academy – Over 3,200 videos that cover topics ranging from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. Also includes a number of computing tracks, including Hour of Code programs. Learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

  • MIT OpenCourseWare

    Access materials from over 2,000 courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including courses in Technology, Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Law.

  • Stanford Engineering Everywhere

    Stanford Engineering Everywhere (S.E.E.) offers some of Stanford’s most popular engineering courses including iPhone App Development to Artificial Intelligence: Intro to Robotics.