Blackstone Library Learning Commons

The Reference staff at the library has created this page to provide instructions, tutorials, and links for a variety of topics. We will continue to update and expand this page with additional information. The library also offers classes; you can view the current list of classes here.

If you are looking for assistance with your job search, or resumes and cover letters, please visit our Job Seekers page. For business resources, visit our Local Business Resources page.

Audiobooks and eBooks
++OverDrive Catalog
++OverDrive for e-Readers Instructions
++OverDrive for Smartphones and Tablets Instructions
++State of Connecticut Audiobooks and eBooks Catalog
++State of Connecticut Audiobooks and eBooks Help

Computers
++Computer Basics
++Email Basics
++Internet Basics
++Public Library Association Tutorials

Devices
++Android Basics Tutorial from LearnFree
++iPad
++iPhone Basics Tutorial from LearnFree
++Mobile Device Tips from LearnFree
++Technology Buying Guide from LearnFree

Downloads
++Zinio Magazines Instructions

Internet Safety
++Internet Privacy from DigitalLearn
++Internet Safety from LearnFree
++Internet Safety for Kids from LearnFree
++Online Scams – Information from DigitalLearn
++Online Security – Advice from the Federal Trade Commission

LION Catalog
++Placing Holds
++Reading History
++Renewing your items
++Searching the LION catalog

MakerLab
++Creating 3D files with TinkerCAD

Microsoft Office
++Excel
++Powerpoint
++Publisher
++Word

Microsoft Windows
++Windows Basics Tutorial from LearnFree
++Windows 10 Tutorial from LearnFree
++Windows 8 Tutorial from LearnFree
++Windows 7 Tutorial from LearnFree
++Windows XP Tutorial from LearnFree
++Windows 98 Tutorial from LearnFree

Miscellaneous Tutorials
++Blog Basics
++Facebook
++Facebook for iPhone
++Google Hangouts
++Instagram
++LinkedIn Basics
++Pinterest
++Skype
++Snapchat
++Twitter
++Vine
++YouTube
++WordPress Resources

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
++Coursera
++edX