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Free courses

You can borrow books on a range of learning topics, from arts and craft to business management.

If you’re already following a formal course search the library catalogue to see if we have the background reading and information you need.


You can access a wide range of free online courses with your library card.

Choose the right course for you by creating an account or logging in to one of the providers below.

General courses covering a range of subjects

Universal Class

Over 400 free online courses from business skills to alternative therapies.

Future Learn

Free online courses from major universities on a variety of subjects


Free online courses from the Open University:

Digital skills

Digital Garage

Digital Garage is a free online course to bring digital skills to small businesses and entrepreneurs so they can strengthen their online presence, reach more customers and grow their business.  Sign up now.

Learn My Way

Free online courses to help you develop digital skills.

Some libraries offer Learn My Way support.

Code for Life

Learning to code is fun and easy and anyone can do it.

Language courses

Transparent Language

Learn from 80 languages at a level that suits you.

Driving test Theory Test Pro

Essential practice for the official driving theory test.



For candidates preparing for British Citizenship test.

Library card discount on adult learning courses

If you are looking for a taught course visit the Adult Community Learning course finder to explore the range of courses in locations around Essex. There is 10% discount on your course with your Essex Libraries card.