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Online digital learning at Bayside libraries

Bayside Library Service is committed to supporting digital learning in our community. 

We offer classes, drop-in advice sessions and one-on-one help with using eResources like eBooks.

We also offer free use of public PCs for up to 4 hours per day and unlimited free Wi-Fi in all of our libraries.

Technology classes and presentations

The Brighton Library runs regular training and presentations on computers, the internet and tablet devices. 

Find our educational events

Free online technology courses

Try these online courses for free in your own home.

Visit Computer School

To Sign in to Computer School:

  1. Login To – choose (TTD) Technology Training Directory
  2. Username: baysidelib
  3. Password: bayside2013lib
  4. Click Log In

Device advice

If you have a question about your iPad, tablet or eReader, bring it along to a device advice session where a volunteer will help you out. Sessions are held monthly in the Brighton and Sandringham libraries.

No booking necessary, just come along.

Check our news and events section for times.

eDigital helpdesk

If you need a helping hand to access our library eResources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, book a 30-minute session with one of our library tech support staff. They can assist with basic information to help download e-books and e-magazines on your iPad, tablet, e-reader or other device.

Beaumaris Library

Mondays: 3pm to 3.30pm

Book eDigital helpdesk at Beaumaris

Brighton Library

Fridays: 4pm to 4.30pm

Book eDigital helpdesk at Brighton

Sandringham Library

* During the refurbishment of Sandringham Library, edigital helpdesk will run out of the temporary Sandringham Library, 92 Station Street

Fridays: 3pm to 4.00pm

Book eDigital helpdesk at Sandringham

Book a computer

Computer bookings can be made over the phone or in person at any branch. Bookings can be made up to a week in advance for up to 2 hours. Members are limited to four hours total per day, across all branches. Visitors are provided a 7 day account on presentation of photo ID.

Wi-Fi access

Free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available at all Bayside libraries during opening hours with no time limit. Users under the age of 18 with a Wi-Fi enabled device will be considered to have parental permission to access the internet. All customers must agree to the library conditions of use at login.

eLearning & Technology Training

Summer & Autumn 2020

The Library runs a number of training classes on a variety of topics relating to iPads, iPhones, Windows 10 computers and the Library's online resources.

Classes are held in the Brighton Library Training Room (14 Wilson Street, Brighton) and in the small hall at Beaumaris Library, 96 Reserve Road, Beaumaris.

All of our classes are conducted by experienced trainers, and most have maximum of 8 participants. A set of notes for you to take home is provided for all classes.

You can book and pay for a class by cash, EFTPOS or cheque at any of our branches. Alternatively you can book and pay online (using Visa or Mastercard) by visiting bayside.spydus.com/training.html, or by using the trybooking code for a class as detailed on the following events.

For any enquiries please contact Sue Doherty, Library Administration, Bayside Library Service on 9261 7851.

All our iPhone & iPad classes require that your device is using iOS 13.2.1 or later, which can be installed on any of these models.

iPhones

iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max; iPhone X, XR, XS & XS Max; iPhone 8 & 8 Plus; iPhone 7 & 7 Plus; iPhone 6s & 6s Plus; iPhone SE.

iPads

12.9” iPad Pro 3rd (2018), 2nd & 1st generation; 11" (2018), 10.5” & 9.7” iPad Pro; 9.7” iPad 6th (2018) & 5th generation (2017); iPad Air 3 (2019) & Air 2; iPad mini 5 (2019)& 4.

You can check which iOS your device is using by tapping on Settings > General > About and looking at what is written next to Software Version.

Bayside Techies 2020

Want to know more about technology? Join the Bayside Techies Team program. 

The program consists of 10 presentation sessions throughout the year. This is what some of the participants said for the 2019 program “Many sincere thanks for arranging such a beautiful educational program”, “It is proving to be a terrific course and handouts of the presentations are such a help!”

You will need to commit to most of the presentations which will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month commencing in March and concluding in December.

Participants will need to be library members (you can join at time of booking). We will be showcasing the library eResources, emerging new technologies such as the 3D printer and craft cutter, and we will be having some interesting presentations including Choosing the Right Device, Family History & Photos, Picture Collages and much more.

You will receive a showbag of goodies including a $6.50 gift certificate to use at any Bayside event. Join us for a meet and greet and a cuppa on Wednesday 11 March at Brighton Library at 10.30am. Cost of the program will be $39.50 for the whole year. Enquiries please contact Sue Doherty, 9261 7851. 

Bayside Techies bookings 

iPads - Getting Started

Understanding Settings, Using the Camera & Accessing the App Store

This class will teach you the ‘basics’ – buttons on your iPad, icons on the home screens and different tapping/swiping techniques. Explore the Settings app, learn how to connect your iPad to a wi-fi network, find out how much storage space you’ve used, use the Camera to take photos, learn how to delete photos, and discover how to install some useful free apps from the App Store.

Please make sure your iPad is using the latest iOS (13.2.1) and is fully charged. You must also know your Apple ID (email address) & Apple password.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 5 February

Thursday 5 March

Thursday 16 April

Wednesday 27 May

10am – 12.30pm

Cost: $16. Bookings essential

iPads getting started bookings at Brighton

Beaumaris Library

Wednesday 18 March

10am – 12.30pm

Cost: $16. Bookings essential

iPads getting started bookings at Beaumaris

iPads - Next Step

Accessing the Internet, Sending Mail and Creating Contacts

This class will teach you how to use Safari to search the Internet (Google) for information, identify links, retrace your steps (go ‘back’), add useful pages to your Bookmarks and Home screen and revisit them. You will also learn how to write and send Mail messages, reply to and delete messages, save photos attached to a message and add/edit friends’ email address in your Contacts.

This course requires participants have a basic understanding of how to use your iPad. Please make sure your device is using the latest iOS (13.2.1) and is fully charged. You will also need to know your Apple password and have an email account already set up on your iPad before attending this class.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 12 February

Thursday 12 March

Thursday 23 April

Wednesday 3 June: 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: $16. Bookings essential

iPads next step bookings at Brighton

Beaumaris Library

Wednesday 25 March: 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: $16. Bookings essential

iPads next step bookings at Beaumaris

iPhones

Understanding Settings, More about the Phone and Sending Text Messages

Come along to this class and learn how to organise your home screen, delete apps you no longer need, change & check some of your phone's more important Settings, add frequently called phone numbers to Favourites, use Siri, fix typing mistakes, save photos sent in a text message and more.

This course requires basic understanding of how to use your iPhone to make/answer a call and send/read a text. Please make sure your iPhone is using the latest iOS (13.2.1) and is fully charged. You must also know your Apple ID (email address) & Apple password.

Brighton Library

Tuesday 4 February

Friday 13 March

Monday 20 April

Thursday 14 May

Tuesday 2 June

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

iPhone bookings at Brighton

iCloud

Manage data stored on your iPhone or iPad and in iCloud

We will discuss the difference between storage on your device vs iCloud storage and the importance of iCloud Backup. You will then learn which iCloud settings work best for your needs and which can be safely turned off.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using ​​​​​​ your iPad/iPhone on a regular basis. Please make sure your device is using the most recent i0S (13.2.1) and is fully charged. You will also need to know your Apple ID & Apple password.

Brighton Library

Tuesday 18 February

Friday 20 March

Monday 27 April

Thursday 21 May

Tuesday 16 June

10am – 11am

Cost: $6.50. Bookings essential

iCloud bookings

Photos

Learn new ways to use the Camera and Organise your Photos

​Do you know how to use your iPhone’s or iPad’s camera to take simple photos, how to view & delete photos, but not much else? This class will show you how to sync photos between your iPhone and iPad (if you have both), how to use the camera to take and view burst and live photos, create albums of important events, some different ways to share photos including AirDrop and more.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using ​​​​​​ your iPad/iPhone on a regular basis. Please make sure your device is using the most recent i0S (13.2.1) and is fully charged.

Brighton Library

Tuesday 25 February

Friday 27 March

Monday 4 May

Friday 29 May

Tuesday 23 June

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

Photos bookings

Get to know Windows 10

Learn new knowledge & skills to become more competent & confident (using our new laptops). We will overview Windows 10, demonstrating & discussing changes in appearance and features (compared to earlier versions), Live Tiles, the Start menu, locating installed Apps (example OneNote), all tray icons including Microsoft Edge (Internet Explorer), File Explorer, the App Store, Notification & Action Centre. We’ll discuss the benefits of a Microsoft account & free cloud storage (OneDrive), and more.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

Brighton Library

Thursday 13 February

Thursday 19 March

Thursday 30 April

Wednesday 13 May

Wednesday 10 June

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

Get to know Windows 10 bookings

Family Search.org

You will be shown how to search for your ancestors in Australia and around the world using the free online database www.familysearch.org.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 25 March

10am – 11am

Cost: $6.50. Bookings essential

Family Search bookings

Ancestry - Library Edition 

You will learn how to use this Library database which provides a collection of genealogical information including births, deaths, marriages, census and immigration records in Australia and overseas.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 29 April, or

Wednesday 20 May

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

Ancestry - Library Edition bookings

Family History Online

You will be shown how to search for your ancestors in Australia and around the world using a wide range of free online resources.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 1 April

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

Family History Online bookings

Trove - National Library of Australia

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

You will explore National Library of Australia (NLA) service Trove in this session.  You will be shown how to effectively use this free resource to research various aspects of your family history using digitised Australian historic newspapers, print catalogues of libraries around Australia, sound and music files, pictures and photos, maps, archived Web sites and much more.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 15 April

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

Trove - National Library of Australia bookings

Public Records Office Victoria (PROV)

You will explore the Public Records Office (PROV) in this session, the archive of the State Government of Victoria which holds records from 1830s to the present day. This genealogy resource includes records of immigration and shipping, criminal trials and prisons, premiers and governors, royal commissions, boards of inquiry, wills and probates, and stories of the key events and decisions that have shaped the history of the State of Victoria.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 22 April

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13.  Bookings essential

Public Records Office Victoria bookings

FindMyPast - Library Edition

You will learn how to use FindMyPast Library database to search birth, marriage and death indexes and many more UK family history records, as well as similar records for Australia and New Zealand.

Recommended: At least 3 months experience using a Windows computer on a regular basis.

Brighton Library

Wednesday 6 May

10am – 12noon

Cost: $13. Bookings essential

FindMyPast - Library Edition bookings

Family History and Family Photos

Learn how to organise your old photographs and transfer them to digital format. Presented by our very knowledgeable Family History Librarians, Heather and Natasha.

Brighton Library (in the Round)

Thursday 28 May

10am – 12noon

Cost: FREE (Library Week). Bookings essential.

Family History and Family Photos bookings