Our public computer lab offers public drop-in and member drop-in hours, as well as educational programs

At CCTV we strongly believe that providing the tools to create media enhances citizens' ability to participate in civic life. In 1996, CCTV opened computerCENTRAL, a state-of-the art community technology center, to accomplish this goal. Now located in the heart of Central Square at 438 Massachusetts Ave., CCTV offers dozens of hours of individualized drop-in computer help each week. Skilled and friendly CCTV interns are available during every lab session. Users can receive hands-on help with their computer needs, including the basics of getting on the internet, word-processing, graphic design, video editing, web media, and much more. On this page, you will find information about our hours, special programs, and other community media & technology opportunities for CCTV members. A map of other public computing facilities in Cambridge can be found here.

Some of CCTV's Special Computer Programs:

Computer lab for People over 50
Mondays from 1PM - 3PM
Thursdays from 1PM - 3PM
These drop-in hours provide individuals age 50+ with one-on-one instruction. Click here to learn more about our technology training programs for older adults. This year, we are launching “Topical Thursdays”-- each month, we will explore a different type of technology. Check out our list of topics below. And, be sure to stop by on Thursday afternoon to explore these topics and/or to get assistance with basic computer skills. Our staff and interns are eager and ready to support you.

Monday Mini-Lesson Schedule FALL 2018


Monday Mini-Lesson Schedule WINTER 2018

1/7- The App Store
1/14- Managing Your Home Screen
1/28- Weather App for Phones
2/4- Video Calling Series: WhatsApp
2/11- Video Calling Series: Facetime
2/25- Video Calling Series: Snapchat
3/4- Voice-Activated Commands
3/11- MBTA App
3/18- Making Your Web Browser Easier to Read
3/25- Using Public Computers Safely

WINTER 2019 Topical Thursdays Schedule

January: Phone Queries--Do you have a new phone? An old phone? A phone you use everyday, or one that you don’t use very often? Bring in your phone to Thursday lab hours. Androids, iPhones, smart phones, dumb phones, we welcome any and all phones and are happy to help answer your questions about features, applications and whatever you may need assistance with.

February: Virtual Adventures-- Have you heard of virtual or augmented reality? CCTV has a new virtual reality lab and we are inviting the 50+ lab into it. Explore Google earth, view 360 degree video, play games, or just enjoy watching others use the VR goggles.

March: Defunct Devices-- Do you have a tech device that you have stopped using out of frustration? Something that you want to use but can’t figure out how to make work again? Do you have files on your phone or computer that you can’t find and have become discouraged around? The lab is the perfect place to dust off your old devices and see what we can do with them.

Edit Help

Thursdays from 6PM - 9PM
CCTV members with Production Contracts may receive basic to advanced editing help from Interns.