Adult Learning Courses

We are running courses in our libraries throughout the year on a variety of subjects - all designed for people  who are looking to learn something new, fill skills gaps, explore an interest, build up confidence, or those considering voluntary work or moving into employment.

These courses are for everyone aged 19+ and the great thing is, you don't need any prior skills or qualifications to sign up - plus the courses are free if you're in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income. 

New courses coming up soon ...

Click on each heading below to find out more information

An Introduction to Graphic Design

An Introduction to Graphic Design

A practical step-by-step introduction to the basic elements of graphic design. Learn how to create marketing materials, edit images and produce basic illustrations using a variety of free software packages. 6-week course runs weekly from Tuesday 28 January, 10.30am-12.30pm at Nottingham Central Library. 

Register for a place by clicking here.


Programming & Project Management for Beginners

Programming & Project Management for Beginners

A fun introduction to project management and programming using tablets and Raspberry Pi’s. Learn how to create Python projects such as computer art or a game.
6-week course runs weekly from Wednesday 29 January, 4.30pm-6.30pm at Nottingham Central Library.

Register for a place by clicking here. 

Microsoft Office for Beginners


Learn some basic workplace Microsoft Office computer skills, including how to use a computer, using Word, PowerPoint and Excel and how to search the internet. 

This 5-week course will run at Nottingham Central Library from Thursday 27 February, 10am -12pm and at Bulwell Riverside Library from 4 March, 1pm – 3pm.

Register for a place on the Nottingham Central Library course by clicking here. 


An Introduction to Mindfulness


A gentle course teaching the fundamental basics of Mindfulness that will help reduce stress and anxiety in your life, enabling you to live a happier, calmer and more productive life. 6-week course starts Monday 24 February and runs alternate weeks 10.30am - 12.30pm at Nottingham Central Library.

Register for a place by clicking here

Living with Teenagers

Rebuild your confidence in being a parent or carer, looking at some of the issues you might face. This course will support and help develop existing skills and develop confidence for challenging times ahead. Session run by Relate. 5-week course starts Thursday 12 March and runs weekly 10am - 12pm at Nottingham Central Library until 9 April.

Register for a place by clicking here. 


Nottingham City residents who meet the following criteria are entitled to our course free of charge if they:

◆ Are 19+
◆ Are unemployed and in receipt of benefits 
◆ Are job-seeking or working and earning below £16,009 annual gross salary
◆ Have lived in the UK or an EU country continuously for the last three years on the first day of their intended course 

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required three years are eligible if they meet the selected criteria. Contact us for further details.
This criteria is set by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).