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Learning and Career Support

Whether you want to find out how to do something new, take a course, or get some help to find learning opportunities, the library service can help you. 

Study guides and books for learning

Find non fiction books on a range of topics in all our libraries. Collections include study guides for GCSE, A-level and NVQ.

Learning English

Borrow books to help you learn English. The ESOL collection (English for Speakers of Other Languages) has material for both beginners and more advanced students.

Dual language dictionaries

Dictionaries are available for a large number of languages for loan at your local library e.g., English-Urdu/Urdu-English.

Adult learning opportunities

If you are interested in learning something new or updating existing skills, there are local courses to help you. Courses are offered in all our libraries as well as other locations. Slough Lifelong Learning publishes a brochure of adult learning opportunities, which also includes courses from providers such as the Workers’ Educational Association(WEA) and the East Berkshire College. You can also get personal advice on courses and fees at the information point in The Curve.

Computers and the Internet for beginners

Many of our libraries offer free computer courses, with tutor support. These short courses teach beginners how to use computers and the internet.

Free online learning courses and tools

Whether you want to find a new hobby, take a course or refresh and expand your skills the library can help you. These courses are available free, 24 hours a day, to all Slough Libraries members by logging in with your library card.


These sites have courses on lots of different topics from practical like IT and software, to health and hobbies

Title Details Availability
Universal Class Offers around 350 free online courses from business skills to arts and crafts, from computer skills to alternative therapies. See more information or register now Universal Class: In library or at home
FutureLearn Free online courses from the world’s leading universities and institutions inc the British Council and the British Library. Courses cover a broad and diverse range of subjects including science, language, teaching, history, literature and many more. FutureLearn : in library or at home


Title Details Availability

Go Citizen

Study guide and practice tests to help you prepare for the Life in the UK citizenship test.

Go Citizen: In library or at home


Title Details Availability


Quick courses to help you learn about the latest software and gadgets including Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, HTML5, Social Media and Google Docs. Try one of over 500 video tutorials today!

Hoonuit : in library or at home

Niche Academy

Confused by our e-resources? Try some of our many video tutorials including for Ancestry, Findmypast, Borrowbox, Kanopy, RB Digital, Pressreader, TheoryTest Pro and more. Plus find some great tutorials on social media basics like Twitter, Googledocs, Snapchat!

Niche Academy : in library or at home


Title Details Availability

Theory Test Pro

Gives you essential practice for the official driving theory test – for car drivers as well as HGV and PSV

Theory Test Pro: In library or at home


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Transparent Language Online

Offers you the chance to take free language courses in 80 foreign languages, including French, German, Urdu, Hindi, Polish, Arabic

Transparent Language: In library or at home

Road to IELTS
Academic version

Improve your English and prepare for IELTS examinations for people preparing to study in English speaking countries

Road to IELTS - Academic: in library or at home

Road to IELTS
General Training

Improve your English and prepare for IELTS examinations for people who want to live and work in English speaking countries

Road to IELTS - General Training: in library or at home

Tense Buster
Version 10

Break through the Grammar Barrier! English Grammar for all levels. Improve and practise. practise your grammar at the level you choose for as long as you like

Tense Buster version 10 in library or at home

Tense Buster
6 Weeks
Grammar Course

Break through the Grammar Barrier! English Grammar for all levels. Practise your grammar in a planned programme over 6 weeks.

Tense Buster 6 weeks Grammar Course in library or at home

Help for Jobseekers

If you are looking for information or advice on starting a career, finding a job, or starting a training course, libraries can help you.

Books on careers and more

Find books with details on different careers, as well as guides to applying for jobs, writing CVs and interview techniques in our libraries.

Job Clubs, advice and guidance

The Employment and learning advice team run job clubs in all of our libraries. Some sessions are drop in but you can also book 1 to 1 appointments for more personal advice.

If you have additional needs, you may want to contact Slough Employ-Ability - a specialist service that offers support and guidance for jobseekers with disabilities.

Using library computers and Wi-Fi access

Access to the Internet is free at all Slough Libraries. Please see more information on Services and Charges.