Language & literacy

Adult literacy

Gold Coast Libraries supports adult learners with both resources and programs. While our services are more limited than usual, we recommend the resources listed on the Reading Writing Hotline website. You may also like to browse our library catalogue for more online resources.

When operating, our adult literacy program enables adults with low literacy skills to connect with trained volunteer tutors. Tutors will work with you regularly at your local library on a one-on-one basis to help improve your skills. With a wide range of resources available that support learning, libraries provide an ideal location for volunteer tutors and learners to meet.

Please check this page for further updates about the program and when it will resume.

If you or someone you know has dyslexia, see our dyslexia resources guide below.

Interested in volunteering?

We welcome expressions of interest from potential volunteers to help with our Language and Literacy programming.

Digital literacy

Get connected and learn digital skills with our free online resources and introductory technology workshops for all ages. We have a wide range of online resources to help you learn or improve digital skills.

The Computer School

Learn new skills with interactive tutorials covering computer basics, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver, Internet Explorer, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and more.

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Be Connected

Free courses facilitated by the Australian Government on everything from how to access the internet, using your device and keeping in touch with others online.

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Mousing Around

Learn how to use a mouse and improve your mousing skills with this information tutorial, practical 'mousercise' activity and a series of games to help you build your confidence.

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Workshops and events

Our essential digital skills workshops will help you learn how to navigate the online world. Discover the basics of using a computer or mobile device. Find out how to navigate the Internet and search for information online. Learn how to set up, send and receive emails, and connect with friends and family using social media platforms. Keep an eye out on the What's on section of our website for upcoming events.

English as a second language

We provide a range of free programs and services for members of the community who speak English as a second language.

Explore our library catalogue for resources in the following languages:

Download our handy guide below to find out which libraries hold books in which languages.

For Chinese speakers, download our guide to library resources below.

You can also download our library membership booklets in languages other than English below.

What's on