Nightingale Library Memorial will be closed for refurbishment from 26 July to 15 October.

Computer classes

Nelson Public Libraries hold a variety of free computer classes each school term, for beginners and more experienced users who may want to venture further into the digital world, extend their research skills or learn about the digital services the Library offers.

Elma Turner Library classes are held in partnership with the 2020 Trust’s Stepping Up programme.

Classes must be booked by phoning 03 546 0414, emailing or visiting any of the Libraries.

Elma Turner Library classes 9.30-11am
Computer basics Thursday, 3 August
Basic internet Thursday, 10 August
Social media Thursday, 17 August
Research tools Thursday, 24 August
eBooks Thursday, 31 August
Free adult learning courses (MOOCs) Thursday, 7 September
Tablets  Thursday, 14 September
Newspapers online Thursday, 21 September
Go beyond the internet basics Thursday, 28 September
Stoke Library classes 8.15-9.15am
eBooks Thursday, 10 August
Basic internet 1 Thursday, 17 August
Basic internet 2 Thursday, 24 August
Gmail 1 (setting up) Thursday, 7 September
Gmail 2 Thursday, 14 September
Intro to tablets Thursday, 21 September

Important info

  • Booking is essential as class size is limited
  • Elma Turner Library classes are held in the Learning Centre
  • Please leave your name and contact number if you wish to be on a wait list

Class info

Basic Internet 

Learn how to access the web. Basic searching techniques and examples of useful and fun websites are given. Find the best sites for many topics.

Research Tools (for experienced internet users only)

Search for information from many sources in the ‘deep web’not accessed by Google. The Libraries’ Research databases are explored.

Social Media

Learn about Facebook and other Social Media. Sign up for an account if you choose to. The how and why of Social networking is discussed.

The world of newspapers & magazines - PressReader

Access titles from across the world, including Nelson Mail (and all NZ papers), Guardian Weekly & Washington Post; NZ Listener, North & South, NZ Woman’s Weekly. Plus thousands more titles as they are printed.

Introduction to Tablets

Learn how to touch, swipe, pinch hold and drag, connect to WiFi, surf the web, install apps and e-reading on your own device.


Access Overdrive via your library card to download books and audio to your device, tablet or computer

Go beyond Internet basics

Explore further ways to use the internet and a chance to ask questions.

Library @ your fingertips

Access all of the Library collections via the internet using our catalogue app and newspaper and magazine apps.

Mouse tutorial

Exercises to help beginning computer users become familiar with using a mouse.