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Help with computers and the internet

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Find out what courses, training and events are available to help you with computers and the internet.

Free courses available

UK Online centres

Getting online simply means you're using the internet and there are a million reasons for doing it. Knowing how to use a computer and the internet can help make life a lot easier by saving you time, money and hassle.

Whether you're looking to get online for a new job, to help kids with their homework, to stay in touch with family and friends or to do your weekly shop, UK Online Centres and Learn My Way can help you gain the skills and confidence you'll need to get started.

You'll find a range of free and easy to use courses, from starting with a keyboard and mouse, to email, understanding shopping online and much more.

UK Online Centres are a nationwide network created to support people to get online. Support from staff or volunteers is free and no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. We're here to help.

Our Employment Links centre, all of our libraries and some community centres are classed as UK Online centres and offer you a range of basic IT courses.

Find your nearest UK Online Centre

Learn My Way

Learn My Way - courses covering online skills, skills for job applicants, managing your money, staying healthy and much more.

ALISON

ALISON - over 750 FREE online courses covering languages, business and enterprise skills, personal development, health and digital literacy and IT skills to name just a few.

The Digital Garage

The Digital Garage - free tutorials from Google on everything from your website to online marketing and beyond. Choose the topics you want to learn, or complete the whole online course for a certification from Google and IAB Europe.

Digital Eagles

Digital Eagles - build your internet skills with the Barclays Digital Eagles. Try the online course and find out about Tea and Teach sessions and the Code Playground for children.

Digital Know How

Digital Know How - advice from Lloyds Banking Group for organisations to save money, time and raise awareness online. Small businesses who are more digital are twice as likely to report an increase in turnover. 

 IT training events in libraries and other locations

Learning Centre Address Day and time
Various libraries across the borough of Rochdale​​MiscellaneousBarclay's Tea and Teach courses
Balderstone LibraryBalderstone Park, Rochdale OL11 2HDT​uesdays

10.00am-11.00am

Castleton LibraryCastleton Community Centre,
Manchester Road, Rochdale OL11 3AF

Tuesdays
9.30am-11am and
11am-12.15pm

Darnhill Libra​ryArgyle Parade, Heywood OL10 2RYThursdays
10am-11am and
11am-12noon
Employment Links99-101 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1PZPlease phone for information.
01706 646 471
Heywood LibraryChurch Street, Heywood OL10 1LSTuesdays
Basic computer session
2pm-3pm and
3pm-4pm
Langley LibraryLangley Children's Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton M24 4LA

Mon​days and Tuesdays:
IT drop-in session - available on request, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Lighthouse ProjectS6b/c Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road, Middleton M24 4ELPlease phone for information.
0161 643 1163
Littleborough LibraryHarehill Park, Littleborough OL15 9HETuesdays and Fridays
2pm-4pm
​Middleton Library​Long Street,  Middleton M24 6DU​Fridays
Beginners computer class, 11am-12noon
Milnrow Library Newhey Road, Milnrow OL16 3PSTuesdays
10am-12noon
Rochdale Central LibraryNumber One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XULearn My Way sessions:
  • Wednesdays 2pm-4pm
  • Thursdays 10am-12noon
Spotland LibraryIngs Lane, Rochdale OL12 7ALMondays
10am-11am and
11am-12noon

Other help

Internet access and IT support in Rochdale

This shows opening hours and contact details for locations in the Rochdale borough with internet access and IT support. View map on Google

UK Digital Strategy

UK Digital Strategy - this strategy sets out how the UK government will build on the success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

Government Transformation Strategy - this document explains what transformation in government means and how the work will be done.

Digital Economy Act 2017 - introduces measures to modernise the UK for enterprise. Summary of what the act includes.  

Related pages

Contact

0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Did you know?

Joining a library is FREE. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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