Learning in librariesLearn new skills
“It makes me very confident using my devices”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.
Why try the library?
You’ll find craft and interest groups - including book groups - at many libraries. Great whether you're an expert or a beginner
Talks and tutorials
Learn about local history from the experts, access local archives and get hands on with powerful research tools
Read free specialist magazines and journals to build your knowledge - in print and online
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:
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
Ancestry and FindMyPast
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.
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.