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Learning at the library

There are many opportunities for learning in the City Library, from learning a language, attending an Internet tutorial or borrowing a book or DVD on a wide range of topics - from medieval literature to cake decorating to DIY landscaping.

About the Adult Learning collection

The Adult Learning collection is found on the 1st floor of the Central Library, where the ramp exits into the Non-Fiction Zone.  

Books, cassettes, CDs and videos to help:

  • Improve literacy skills for adults whose first language is English
  • Adults learning English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Tutors of literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages

Subjects covered in the Adult Learning collection

Some of the subjects covered in this collection include:

  • Grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, mathematics and spelling materials for adult new learners
  • Books and tapes or CDs  to help with pronunciation, speaking, listening and communicating in English
  •  IELTS practice material
  • Books and book and cassette/CD sets for new readers. These graded readers are available from starter to advanced levels and cover a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and biographies of interest to adults.

Tours of the Adult Learning collection

We can arrange tours of the Library and Adult Learning collection for tutors with groups of adult literacy or ESOL students.

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Internet tutorials

The City Library offer free 45-minute Internet tutorials.  These relaxed training sessions aim to provide you with the skills you need to search the Internet confidently and successfully on your own. Our tutorials are all "hands on" with one person per computer.

Tutorials offered

  • CV and jobhunting
  • Computer skills
  • Overview of the Internet
  • Browsing the Internet
  • More web searching
  • Using the www for email
  • Library catalogue
  • Databases/info2go
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