Beginning Computer, Email, & Internet Courses
The State Library maintains a resource page for how to find free or low-cost at-home internet access, where you can buy refurbished devices like laptop and desktop computers, and tablets, and the best sites for learning basic digital skills, which includes Northstar Digital Literacy. The Library funds Northstar Learner accounts for all Washingtonians, including the opportunity to take assessments and earn certificates and digital badges. Use the FIND A NORTHSTAR LOCATION tool, enter your zip code, and connect with a library or community partner near you.
Over 15,000 high-quality online courses taught by industry leaders and instructors in business, creative, and technology, covering a wide range of technical and soft skills, digital tools, and software titles. LinkedIn Learning is available at no charge through your local Washington public library, and at your local WorkSource Center.
Free software and IT certification for Washingtonians
Certification is the best way to validate skills and knowledge to employers, to increase employability and wages. Washingtonians are eligible to receive free certification prep resources, and exam vouchers to become certified in dozens of software applications like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Quickbooks, and entry-level IT and computer science certifications. Contact your local Washington public library, or the State Library, to learn more.