Jacobs Technology Center

In 2008, the Chester County Library public computer center was renamed in honor of Mr. John W. Jacobs for his generous bequest to the Chester County Library Trust.  The Jacobs Technology Center (JTC) has 20 computers for use by the public for up to two hours.  A valid Chester County Library System card is recommended but not required. The Center is open during all library hours, but closes 10 minutes prior to the library closing.  The Center also includes a Digital Media Lab & Makerspace (DMLM).  Typically, there is no wait for a computer; however, you may reserve one in advance.  Please contact us at 610-280-2666 for more information.

The staff of the Jacobs Technology Center is highly skilled in the use of various software applications and offer free hands-on workshops for various skill levels to suit your needs.

Featured Programs

Tinkering Club
Calling all inventors, builders, creators, makers and tinkerers. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to collaborate with others and build something new and exciting. Follow along with the guided project or work on your own! Our innovative platforms, including Makey Makey, Circuit Scribe, Ozobots, Little Bits, Arduino, Scratch and more, will be available for you to learn, create, and share.  We are excited to offer a new Tinkering Kit including Brackitz, Buddha Board, 3Dux LED Kit, Turing Tumble, Paper Circuits, Chromebooks, iPads, and Silhouette Cameo.  Many thanks to the Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the PA Department of Education for the new kit.
Each meeting is designed for different age groups.  No registrations needed. 
For All Ages: Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, February 23, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, May 31, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, June 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

Winter Snowflake Gift Box with ScanNCut
Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Struble Room, Chester County Library

Join us to learn how to use the ScanNCut die cut machine to create custom décor for your home. In this class, we will make a decorative Holiday/Winter Snowflake gift box. This can be used for holiday gift cards, or small keepsakes, or a candy box for use in your home/office, or to give as a gift to a loved one. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area. After this class, you can use the techniques you learned to bring your own materials and creative ideas to the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area to create any greeting card or paper crafting ideas on the ScanNCut machine.
All materials for this class are provided without fees. Attendees must be 18 years or older. Registration required.

Minecraft Free Play

Sunday, January 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

Valentine’s Day Treat Box with ScanNCut

Monday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

Join us to create a Valentine’s Day treat box for use in your home/office, or to give to someone special. We will also demonstrate the ScanNCut Die Cut machine that is available for use in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area. After this class, you can bring your own materials and creative ideas to the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area to create your own paper crafting ideas on the ScanNCut machine. All materials for this class are provided without fees.  Attendees must be 18 Years or older. Registration required.


We are excited to announce that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have arrived at the library. Join us to experience these VR and AR events! No registration needed. First come, first serve.  The VR experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Library Trust. The AR experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Friends of Chester County Library.
Experience VR and AR @ Your Library
Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, January 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester Counyt Library



Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library

Introduction to Word
Wednesday, January 8, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is a basic introduction to Microsoft Word. Participants will learn the basic tools of Microsoft Word including selecting and modifying text, cutting and pasting, and opening and saving a document. Prerequisites: Experienced in PC basics and ability to use a mouse and keyboard in a Windows environment. This is not a typing class.  Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel. Learn the Excel environment, entering and editing data, using basic functions, formatting worksheets and creating charts.  Attendees must be 18 Years or older.

Intermediate Excel (Tables and Printing)
Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to help the participant to begin using some intermediate Excel level table and print commands. Topics include: Using tables, filters, automatic table formats, and the sorting feature; inserting a pivot table based on sample table information; printing Excel worksheet information by means of print ranges and other range names; and reviewing some of the Excel print options.  Attendees must be 18 Years or older.

Intermediate Excel (Charts and Formulas)
Wednesday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to help the participant to begin using some intermediate Excel level charts and formula commands. Topics include: Multiple charts from a single worksheet; appearance and location of charts; selected date, autosum, logical and lookup functions; simple links to other files; and relative/absolute cell addresses.  Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Intermediate Word
Friday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to develop an Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Word. Participants will learn the intermediate tools of MS Word including inserting photos and other graphics, bullets and numbering, adjusting line spacing and margins, adding headers and footers, working with tables and columns. Attendees must be 18 Years or older.


In addition to our computers, the John W. Jacobs Technology Center is equipped with the following:

Hardware:
One Black and White printer

One color printer
CD and DVD readers and writers
Two flatbed scanners
Three document feeder scanners

Software Applications:
Microsoft Office 2013 Suite
Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge