Whether you want to find out how to do something new, take a course or get some help to find learning opportunities or find a job, the library can help you.
The library has books and other resources that will help you find out what you need to know. There’s everything from how to put a new roof on a shed to astrophysics. And if you’re already following a formal course then we can supply the background reading and information you need.
Free online learning courses and tools
Available free to all Essex library members by logging in with your library card:
- Make money work, offers simple steps to make the most of your money and plan for the future (requires registration with Learn my way).
- Look after the Pennies helps older people make the most of their money and avoid the pitfalls of online finance.
- Universal Class (from the US) offers over 400 free online courses from business skills to arts and crafts, from computer skills to alternative therapies. See more information or register now.
- Transparent Language Online offers the chance to learn from 80 languages at a level that suits you.
- GoCitizen an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British Citizenship test.
- Theory Test Pro gives you essential practice for the official driving theory test – for HGV and PSV as well as car drivers.
- Oxford Language Dictionaries give you extra help with pronunciation and phrases when learning a language.
- Future Learn offers free online courses from major universities on a wide variety of subjects.
Getting ahead with a qualification
Learning Centres in libraries and local colleges offer learndirect course packages leading to recognised qualifications that can help equip you for today's job market. In many cases courses are provided free.
Courses consist mainly of computer-based learning with friendly and qualified tutors on hand to support and guide you. Packages are customised to suit your needs and might include:
- ICT leading to level 1 or 2 qualification
- Employment skills
The main centre is situated at Chelmsford Library but centres are also in other libraries across the county. For more information call 01245 436566.
Help for jobseekers
If you need practical help with getting online, sending emails, job hunting, CVs and interviews drop into one of our free Work Clubs at the following libraries:
Basildon, Burnham, Canvey, Harlow, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Walton and Witham.
Have a look at our events page
for the latest dates and times.
Work club volunteers can also help you find courses, workshops and advice sessions that will help to broaden your experience.
Remember, all Essex Libraries can help with the following:
- Free access to computers and the internet for an hour a day, or two consecutive hours if you present your ES40
- Links to the best job-seeking websites and resources
- Books for job seekers that can help with CV writing, applications and interviews, and developing work skills
- Online computer courses for beginners, some with staff support
- Over 400 free online courses with Universal Class to update your skills
- Signposting to workshops such as employability, Basic English and Maths classes, and more