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History

While Trinity delivers educational services with state-of-the-art technology, only 36% of the College’s immediate neighbors have access to the Internet. Trinfo.Café evolved out of the desire to rectify this inequality by serving local residents, civic organizations, and small businesses. Before Trinfo.Café, the Trinity Information Exchange (TIE) was created in 1996 to connect arts and educational organizations.

Our Space

 

Open Time & Classroom Space

Trinfo’s computers are linked to the Internet via high speed connection and feature many useful office and internet applications. Some of the computers are also equipped with webcams so that you may exchange digital pictures over the Internet or participate in an Internet video meeting. The computers are also networked to a printer so that you may print any information you need.

Computer Literacy & Media Production Workstations

Computer Literacy Classes meet in a small room at Trinfo that is separate from the computer lab and offers private space for one-on-one learning.

Public Access Workstations & TV

Apart from the computer lab, Trinfo offers a lounge space for patrons to watch the news and educational videos, enjoy a snack, read magazines, and meet quietly. During the school year this space is used to offer movie nights and other community activities.

Free Coffee, Tea, & More...

Trinfo offers free coffee, tea, and water to its patrons on a daily basis. Furthermore, there is a microwave that people may use to heat up snacks. However, the kitchen is not open for general use.

Our Community Partners

Since September 1999, Trinfo.Cafe has partnered with more than 165 community organizations, churches, and small businesses
on a journey to bridge the digital divide between the College and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The 100 Club

 The 100 Club is Trinfo’s way of saying thank you to the patrons that have consistently supported Trinfo.Cafe over the past year.
Those who accept the invitation receive a Trinfo mug that should be used when drinking coffee or tea at our facility. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are Trinfo's Rules?

1.  SIGN-IN AND SIGN-OUT AT ALL TIMES!

2.  THIS IS NOT A RECREATIONAL FACILITY—NO SLEEPING, NO RUNNING, NO LOUD CHATTER OR VULGAR LANGUAGE

3.  PLEASE DO NOT EAT NEAR THE COMPUTERS AND RESTRICT EATING TO THE LOUNGE AND BACK AREA.

4.  ACCESS TO KITCHEN FACILITIES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED—PLEASE ASK STAFF PERSON FOR ASSISTANCE

BATHROOM FACILITIES ARE STRICTLY FOR TRINFO.CAFÉ USERS. FURTHERMORE, ANY UNNECESSARY, ILLEGAL OR PROLONGED ACTIVITY WILL BE NOTICED, REPORTED, AND VISITORS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

5.  WHEN A STUDENT WORKSHOP IS IN SESSION TRINFO WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

6.  PEOPLE WITH WORK TO DO ON COMPUTERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITIES FIRST. FURTHERMORE, IF THERE ARE PEOPLE WAITING TO USE COMPUTERS, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LIMIT YOUR TIME TO ONE HOUR.

7.  VIEWING AND USING OF ILLEGAL SITES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

8.  IF PATRONS WANT TO COPY, SCAN AND/OR FAX PLEASE ASK A MEMBER OF THE STAFF FOR ASSISTANCE.

9.  PLEASE BE COURTEOUS. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE ASK KINDLY (please do not DEMAND), AND A STAFF MEMBER WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU.

10. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER TRINFO.CAFÉ VISITORS—SPEAK QUIETLY AND DO NOT INTERRUPT OTHERS THAT ARE WORKING.

11.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALWAYS CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF, CLOSE UP ALL COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND WINDOWS, AND TUCK IN YOUR CHAIR AT THE END OF YOUR VISIT.

12. ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 18 IS WELCOME TO WORK IN THE LABORATORY OR IN THE SOCIAL CENTER. PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT.


PLEASE BE AWARE OF THESE RULES AS YOU VISIT THE TRINFO.CAFÉ. THEY HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO MAKE YOUR VISIT A MORE INFORMED, AND PLEASURABLE ONE!

THOSE WHO VIOLATE THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE AND POTENTIALLY BANNED DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION.

Who can visit the Trinfo.Cafe?

The Trinfo Café is open to everyone age 18 or older. Children under 18 can only use the facility if accompanied by a parent. Kids Hours are typically weekdays from 3-5 p.m but hours may change depending on the time of year. Please check sidebar for current hours.

How long can I use the computer for?

There is not a limit on the amount of time a patron can spend on a computer. However, if Trinfo is completely full and there are no free computers, the patrons who have been on the computers the longest will be asked to take a hour break in order to allow others access to the computers.

Does Trinfo offer computer classes?

In addition to providing internet access, e-mail, web space, Trinfo.Café offers a variety of free workshops to residents of Hartford. 

These include, but are not limited to:

-Introduction to Computers/Windows

-Introduction to the Internet -The Cloud & The Cloud Part 2

-Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word

To sign up for a classes please come in and talk to Rose to schedule a time.

Will Trinfo help me complete online applications for jobs?

The staff at Trinfo will help patrons access and understand online applications but the staff are not responsible for completing such forms.

Does Trinfo.Cafe give away computers?

Once a student-patron completes that computer classes that Trinfo offers they are entitled to a refurbished computer. Please ask a staff member for more information.

Does Trinfo have WiFi that computers and phones can access?

Yes, There is a WiFi network at Trinfo that patrons can access through their personal devices. Please ask at the front desk for the access information.

Can I send and receive faxes at Trinfo?

Patrons can send faxes at Trinfo for $1 a page. However Trinfo cannot receive faxes.

How do I sign my child up for a computer class?

Trinfo offers classes to young kids in collaboration with our community partners. Unfortunately, these classes are not open to the public and are only open to the members of certain local and after-school programs.

Does Trinfo sell anything?

Trinfo offers a variety of electronic and office supplies, For a full listing please visit Our Services

Does Trinfo.Cafe offer e-mail accounts?

Yes, email accounts are available for individuals who use the Trinfo Café. Patrons will also make an email account as part of the Intro to the Cloud computer class offered.

How do I watch something specific in the lounge area?

Trinfo offers daily news stream through the tv in the lounge area. Apart from the news, patrons can use the tv to watch other videos that are educational and appropriate for all ages. For further information please talk to a staff member on duty.

Can I eat and drink and Trinfo?

Trinfo offers space where patrons can sit and enjoy snacking on food. However, Trinfo asks that patrons refrain from eating near the computers in order to maintain a clean environment.

Is there parking at Trinfo?

There are parking lots on both sides of Trinfo and patrons can park in either location. A parking slip can be obtained at the front desk of Trinfo.