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Learn to use a computer

We offer different ways for you to learn so that you can use the free computers in our libraries, or if you prefer, your own computer at home, or in the library using our free wi-fi. We now have iPad and Android sessions too!

Poole Libraries support Learnmyway


All Poole libraries are registered UK online centres and support learning through the Learnmyway website. You can do them on your own on the library computers - just go to www.learnmyway.com, or if you need some help to get started either come to our Computer Sessions or drop in to see a Computer Buddy at any one of our libraries. You just create a free learning account on the site, then you have access to a range of courses (listed below). The great thing is, you can do them more than once and the site remembers how far you have progressed.

iPad demonstration session

Have you got an iPad and are now struggling to use it? Perhaps someone bought it for you with good intentions and you don't want to leave it gathering dust. Perhaps you are thinking of getting one and are just wondering what all the fuss is about, and why everyone seems to be using one.

"The iPad – what it is, what it can do" lasts two hours, is totally free and is open to all (not just library members). It is run by a well established local company, Happy Lappy Ltd

Dates and times:

Broadstone Library

  • Wednesday 14 January 11:00am

  • Wednesday 28 January 11:00am

  • Wednesday 11 February 11:00am

  • Wednesday 25 February 11:00am

  • Wednesday 11 March 11:00am

  • Wednesday 25 March 11:00am

Canford Heath Library

  • Wednesday 21 January 2:00pm  
  • Wednesday 18 February 2:00pm
  • Wednesday 18 March 2:00pm  

Poole Central Library

  • Wednesday 4 February 11:00am
  • Wednesday 4 March11:00am

You can just come along and listen, but if you have any kind of iPad, just bring it along and log on to the library's wi-fi. Either way you need to book as these sessions are popular and places are limited.

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).

iPad Advanced Sessions

Happy Lappy's advanced iPad sessions cover apps, 'Pages' and photography. Each session is two hours long and is charged at £10 per person or £8 for Happy Lappy members. See below for more details about the different topics and when they are taking place:

Canford Heath Library 

  • Wednesday 4 February - 2pm

iPad Apps: A demonstration of the full versatility of the iPad as we demonstrate a wide range of apps that are fun, Productive, useful for travel, artistic and much more. It is not necessary to bring your own iPad and the session is also useful for owners of other tablets.

Canford Heath Library 

  • Wednesday 4 March - 2pm

iPad Pages: A demonstration and lesson covering the most popular iPad Word processor called ‘Pages’.  Learn how to write letters, create flyers, certificates and much more. **If you plan to bring your iPad with you please download the ‘Pages’ app prior to attending this session**

Poole Central Library 

  • Wednesday 18 March - 11am

iPad Photography: Your iPad can do much more than just ‘Point and Shoot’ while still remaining simple. See what can be achieved with different ‘Camera’ apps and then see what you can do to enhance your pictures either just for fun, appearance or for use in documents. Although aimed mainly at iPad users, owners of other makes may benefit from this sessions.

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).


Windows 8 sessions

If you are having difficulty getting your head around Windows 8 on your laptop or tablet come along to one of our "Getting to know Windows 8" sessions. Each session is two hours long and is charged at £10 per person or £8 for Happy Lappy members. It is a demonstration and Q&A session and it is not necessary for you to bring your laptop or tablet.

Dates and times:

Poole Central Library

  • Wednesday 21 January - 11am

  • Wednesday 18 February - 11am

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).


Computer sessions

If you enjoy learning with other people, we offer:

  • Online Basics. Suitable for complete beginners.There are three sessions over three weeks. Each will last two hours.

In session one and two we introduce you to the mouse, keyboard, internet and email. In session three we will set you up with a Learnmyway account. You can do the online courses at your own pace, so you don't need to worry about keeping up with the rest of the class. Volunteer help is available as before. The sessions are open to all (not just library members). 

As all the Learnmyway courses are online, you can do them anywhere, anytime (at home or on the library computers)

Online Plus courses:

  • Using online forms

  • Job hunting online (prepares you for Universal Jobmatch)

  • Jobs and interviews

  • Understanding public services

  • Make money work

  • Shopping online

  • Facebook and socialising online

  • Online Banking

  • Staying safe online

If you complete Online Basics you will be sent (online) a certficate which you can print off.

Dates and times:

Canford Heath Library

These sessions are held in a corner of the library. 

  • Monday 2, 9 and 16 February 2:30 to 4:30pm

  • Monday 2, 9 and 16 March 2:30 to 4:30pm

Poole Central Library

These sessions take place in the IT Learning Room on the top floor.

  • Thursday 5, 12 and 19 February 2:30 to 4:30pm
  • Thursday 5, 12 and 19 March  2:30 to 4:30pm

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).


Computer Buddy drop-in sessions

If you just want drop in to talk to someone about your computer problems or need guidance how to learn on your own, we now have Computer Buddy Drop-in sessions at all of our libraries. This is ideal for you if you are just starting out using a computer, but need a bit of help.

One of our volunteers will either sit with you at one of our library public computers, or you can bring in your own laptop (or other device) and the volunteer will connect it to our free wi-fi internet. They will show you websites which have a number of free online tutorials to help you learn, or they will just answer your questions the best they can. You may need to explore solutions together!

Come and meet the Computer Buddies at these libraries:

  • Broadstone Library - Mondays 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Canford Cliffs Library - Mondays 2.00pm to 4.00pm and Fridays 10.00am to 12.00pm

  • Canford Heath Library - Tuesday 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Thursdays 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Creekmoor Library - Mondays 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Hamworthy Library - Mondays 2.30pm to 4.00pm, Thursdays 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Fridays 2.00pm to 3.00pm 
  • Oakdale Library - Tuesdays 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Parkstone Library - Tuesdays 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Poole Central Library - Tuesdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Thursdays 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Rossmore Library - Tuesdays 10.00am to 12.00pm

No need to book, just drop in!

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Special equipment


Big-key keyboard
Big-key keyboard

Special keyboards are available for all class sessions, as well as a trackerball pointing device, and a large monitor. We also have an adjustable desk for wheelchair users at Poole Library. If you require any of these, please tell us when you book (please note - only one of each item available per session). Each venue is fitted with a hearing loop.

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Other ways to learn 

To find a list of helpful web sites with exercises and courses to help you get started go to the Getting Started section of cyberLibrary. We recommend the guides on the Digital Unite website.

Learndirect has lots of IT courses, some of which are free. To find what you are looking for, just use the search facility on the site.

If you would rather go to lessons on a regular basis, check out what Skills and Learning have to offer. From basic computer skills, to shopping on E-bay, there's something for everyone. 

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Contact us


01202 262424

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Culture & Community Learning
Northmead House
30-32 Northmead Drive
BH17 7RP