SteppingUP - Free Computer Courses


Let us help you unravel the mysteries of using a computer - and it won't cost you a cent.

LogoSteppingUP is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software applications to build partipants' skills and confidence. Each module takes two hours to complete and is designed to stand alone.

All classes are free.

Classes may be cancelled if minimum registrations are not reached.

If you are interested in any of the courses below and the dates and times don't work for you, please contact us.

Registering for courses:

You can register at or ask a library staff member next time you visit the library.

When registering, select Courses - Nelson Marlborough - Upcoming courses Nelson-Marlborough region.

You'll see that courses are being offered at Marlborough and Nelson Libraries as well as Tasman District Libraries. Make sure you only register for the courses being run in Tasman District.


Richmond Library                              

Ancestry - Library edition

This course will focus on tips for effective searching on Ancestry, as well as an overview of records available for the UK and New Zealand to help you trace your ancestors.

This course includes:

  • Search tips for using Ancestry
  • Record collections for New Zealand
  • Record collections for the UK
  • Viewing Public Member Trees
  • How to send records home from the library


  • Basic computer skills are essential

Friday 3 November

10.00am-12.00 noon

Digital photos

This course will help you manage and share your photos from your camera.

Learn how to:

  • Transfer photos from your digital camera to a computer
  • Share your digital photos with family and friends

Prerequisites: participants need to bring to this course

  • Digital camera and USB cable
  • USB memory stick
  • Facebook login details (not essential)

Tuesday 21 November

10.00am-12.00 noon

Internet basics

Learn how to access the web and how to use the Google search engine for finding information on the internet.

This course includes:

  • Understanding common terms on the internet
  • Using the Google search engine
  • Understanding links
  • Using Google Images
  • Google searching tips and tricks


  • Basic computer skills are essential

Friday 1 December

10.00am-12.00 noon

Photo Books

Understand how to use Vistaprint website, learn to upload photos from your computer, create and customise a Photobook ready for printing.

This course is about:

  • Creating a photo book
  • Learning to use Vistaprint
  • Getting the Photo book ready for printing


  • Basic computer skills are essential
  • Bring a USB stick with stored photos to use during the lesson

Tuesday 7 November

10.00am-12.00 noon


Learn how to use Pinterest.  Find inspiration for hobbies, arts and crafts, parties, parades and much more. 

Pinterest is a smorgasboard of creative ideas.

This course includes:

  • Creating a Pinterest account
  • Creating a board
  • Searching for ideas


  • Basic computer skills are essential
  • Email address and password

Thursday 16 November

10.00am-12.00 noon

Tracing your ancestors through military records

In this course you will learn how to locate online military records for New Zealand, UK and Australia, using both free genealogy websites and subscription databases.  The course will mainly concentrate on military records for the South African (Boer War), World War I and World War II.

This course includes locating:

  • Military service records/personnel files
  • Records of the War Dead
  • War memorials and War graves
  • Probates and Wills


  • Basic computer skills are essential

Friday 27 October

10.00am - 12.30pm