One-on-One Technology Help

Do you need help with computer usage, online applications and other aspects of job searching? The Des Plaines Public Library offers one-on–one, 20-minute assistance for adults on these topics and more. Come to the 4th floor Reference desk to make an appointment. You can contact us by email at, or by phone at 847-376-2841.  A staff member will get back to you within 48 hours to set a mutually agreed upon date/time.

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Adult Learning Center from HelpNow

Live one-on-one coaching to improve your computer skills on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also includes resume writing assistance and practice tests for the GED and U.S. Citizenship Test.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses. View tutorial

Hoonuit - Online Software Training (formerly Atomic Training)

Online video training tutorials on the most popular software and devices, including Microsoft® Office®, Adobe® Creative Suite®, Google™ Docs, iPad and more. First time users of RB Digital will need to create an account.

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will be asked to Create a Profile using your Des Plaines library card. Use in Firefox or Chrome. View tutorial

Safari Technology e-books

Two Safari collections are included: Beginning Programming Library covers Java, C#, ASP.NET, MySQL, Ruby, Web development, gaming and more. Consumer Technology Library explores Microsoft office products, digital photography, social media, PC maintenance, the latest mobile gadgets and more.

Universal Class

Access to over 500 video-based courses - everything from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101. First time users need to create an account. Once you're logged in you will have access to the course catalog and be able to start a class. CEU (Continuing Education Units) Certificates are available. View tutorial