• Learning resources and services at the Library are and available for all ages and abilities, in a range of formats. Many are available to borrow, to help you learn for work and pleasure. There are plenty of spaces throughout the library where you can sit and study.
• Visit the Business, Learning and Health floor to choose from resources to help you with new skills, including ICT, modern languages, British Sign Language and driving test theory.
• The Knowledge and Discovery floors offer you a vast range of lending and reference resources covering every topic under the sun, whether you are studying for an exam or simply for the joy of learning.
• Looking for inspiration? Exhibitions featuring the Archive, Heritage and Photography collections both in the building and in the Library’s online galleries will stimulate your mind.
• If you want to improve skills to help you in everyday life or to help you get a job, the Library is the place to come. We offer a unique, impartial advice and guidance service provided by qualified and highly experienced Advisors plus an extensive range of learning resources.
• Reading, writing and using numbers. If you want to improve these essential skills, you will find friendly support at the Library. We offer a range of ‘Skills for Life’ resources and courses suitable for all abilities, whether you are starting from basics or want to study for a qualification.
• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Do you want to improve your English? Are you interested in achieving an ESOL qualification? Learning is effective and free using our resources, which include practice tests and ‘Life in the UK’ materials.
• Using computers. We regularly offer courses to help you improve your IT skills - for complete beginners to more advanced - held in a welcoming, friendly environment by trained specialists. Check the website orask in the Library for details.
• Work and employment events. We can help you improve your skills to help you get a job. Led by qualified and experienced tutors in a safe and welcoming environment, our regular seminars, workshops and courses cover topics such as writing a CV, completing an application form and interview techniques. These will be on the website soon or ask in the Library for details.
Learn how to do it yourself
Save money by learning how to carry out repairs. We have books and resources that show you how to repair and maintain almost anything from a watch to a Ferguson tractor.
Did you know...? Around 5.2 million adults in England have literacy levels at or below those expected of an 11-year-old (National Literacy Trust). The Library welcomes adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills.
Learning for Work
• A wide range of up-to-date books, CDs and other resources are available, with plenty of tips and guidance on how to look for work and apply. Topics include job search skills, study techniques, volunteering, psychometric testing, plus career profiling software and free access to websites enabling you to check where in the world your qualifications will be recognised.
• There is also plenty of help and information on the website, including easy-to-use templates for your CV.
• Qualified Advisors are available to help you develop all the skills you need to find work, including how to write a CV, fill in an application form and interview techniques. Please ask on the Business, Learning & Health Floor.
• Advisors can meet with you one-to-one to help you improve your skills for success and can refer you to other agencies for more specialist help such as careers guidance.
• The Library’s Work Club is a great place to meet other people looking for work to share ideas and experiences, and talk to a Learning Advisor. All welcome - ask in the Library or see website for dates and times.
• Computers throughout the Library give you free internet access to search for vacancies, apply for jobs online and type your CV. There are computers reserved for this use on the Business, Learning and Health Floor.
Learning for children
• There is plenty of support at the Library to help children and young people learn and do their best at school.
• We have a wealth of useful resources for homework and our friendly Librarians can help children and young people get the most out of them.
• Study spaces and internet access reserved for children and young people are available in the Children’s Library.
• For more information, see services for Children and Families at the Library of Birmingham.