Transforming lives through digital literacy.


Spend the rest of the summer enjoying this rich menu of digital delicacies — great resources for individuals wanting to learn something new online as well as for tutors and trainers to share with learners.

The San Francisco Public Library offers a true feast — from online e-resources to offerings at the Main and branch libraries.

  • Have a San Francisco Public Library card? Then you have access to a variety of free online classes and learning resources ranging from Mango Languages (64 different languages, 18 ESL courses) to Gale Courses, Brainfuse (one-on-one homework help), Treehouse (basic computer skills to coding), and dozens more.
  • Your library card also gives you free access to Hoopla’s large collection of eAudiobooks, eMusic, and classic feature films, TV series, musical performances, travel shows, and documentaries.
  • Zinio for Libraries gives library patrons unlimited access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on any Internet-enabled device. No holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. Other free resources include online access to over 2,000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.
  • The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection has an online database of over 40,000 local images dating back to 1850. The digital images can be browsed by neighborhood, topic, and collection. For older San Franciscans, the collection will be sure to bring back memories.

For some in-person learning, visit The Bridge at Main’s learning studios on the fifth floor of the Main Library. It offers a rich array of free technology literacy programs, including

  • Digital Device Drop-In every Friday in July and August from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Patient library staff offer basic support in getting to know your digital device. Bring your device fully charged and know your sign-in information and passwords.
  • Seniors CREATE! at the Bridge is a new program designed to create a fun learning environment for seniors to explore art and technology. Build, design, and create using technology and your imagination. Collaborate with others and discover the limitless possibilities.

eReader Drop-In sessions are offered at various branch locations to teach patrons how to download materials from the library website. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other eReader device with you.

Photo above from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection: Entrance to Manning’s restaurant on July 20, 1954. “Market Street entrance of new Manning’s restaurant and bakery at 5th and Market Streets, one of the largest of its kind in the world.”

Fun Digital Learning Treats from the San Francisco Public Library

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