Learning in librariesLearn new skills

“It makes me very confident using my devices”

Mr Ali

Customer, Southend-on-Sea Libraries

Mr Ali has several devices, but he wasn’t sure how to get the most from them. 

He started attending Tablet Tasters at Southend-on-Sea, where staff offer one-to-one digital skills support to anyone who needs it.

Digital skills sessions go by different names at different libraries. At your library they might be called something like Digital Hour, Digital Drop-in, Digital Champions, Silver Surfers or Get Online At Your Library.

They’re usually free, and their aim is to help you feel more confident with technology. 

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Why try the library?

Three young people sat around a round table playing a board game in their local library. There are two other board games in boxes on the table.

Hobby groups

You’ll find craft and interest groups - including book groups - at many libraries. Great whether you're an expert or a beginner

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Talks and tutorials

Learn about local history from the experts, access local archives and get hands on with powerful research tools

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Academic journals

Read free specialist magazines and journals to build your knowledge - in print and online

"In my knitting group we learn a lot from each other. It's so warm and inviting."


Customer, Halton Libraries

Four ways to learn more at the library

It’s not just books you can learn from at your library. There’s a wide range of tools and services to help expand your knowledge on a variety of topics and interests. Here are five to explore:

  1. Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC)

    You can find branches of the Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) at public libraries across the UK. They provide free, impartial support for entrepreneurs and people thinking of setting up their own business. Local branches offer invaluable training and networking opportunities, often for free

  2. Ancestry and FindMyPast

    Ancestry and Findmypast offer free versions of their databases which you can use at the library. Many libraries also offer guidance on how to use the tools to research your family tree.

  3. Living Knowledge Network

    The Living Knowledge Network (LKN) helps more people in the UK access British Library exhibitions. Public libraries put on regional versions of exhibitions that bring subjects to life for communities. You can also access streamed and recorded cultural events for free.

  4. Pressreader

    Pressreader lets you read magazines and newspapers on its app and website. You can use it without logging in at your local library. You can also access it from anywhere by using your library card details.

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