Whether you want to find out how to do something new, take a course, or get some help to find learning opportunities, the library can help you. We’ve also got some helpful advice and links for jobseekers.

Learning independently

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

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 Library members by logging in with your library card.

Atomic training

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Atomic training

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!

Atomic training : in library or at home


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

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

Road to IELTS

Improve your English and prepare for IELTS examinations.

  • Academic version – Improve your English for people preparing to study in English speaking countries
  • General Training – Improve your English for people who want to live and work in English speaking countries

 Road to IELTS - Academic: in library or at home

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


Tense Buster

Break through the Grammar Barrier! English Grammar for all levels. Improve and practise.

  • Tense Buster Version 10 – practise your grammar at the level you choose for as long as you like
  • Tense Buster 6 Weeks Grammar Course – practise your grammar in a planned programme over 6 weeks.

Tense Buster version 10 in library or at home

Tense Buster 6 weeks Grammar Course in library or at home

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

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

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

Adult learning opportunities

If you are interested in learning something new or updating existing skills, there are local courses to help you. Slough Lifelong Learning publishes a brochure of adult learning opportunities, which also includes courses from providers such as the Workers’ Educational Association and the Pakistan Welfare Association.

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. Ask at your local library, or check the Library news and events listing for more information.

Learning English

You can 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.