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 Adult Literacy program and English Conversation Circles.

Digital literacy

Get connected and learn digital skills with our free online resources and introductory technology workshops for all ages. While our libraries are closed, 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

When our libraries reopen, join us at one of our digital skills workshops.

Skills for life

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.

Skills for work

Need to refresh your resumé but not sure how? Our skills for work courses cover practical word processing skills that can help you update your CV or cover letter, and learn the basics of creating and using spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel.

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.

English conversation circles

If English is your second language, come along to our English conversation circles. These informal weekly sessions will give you the chance to practise your conversational English in a relaxed setting. When libraries are open, sessions occur throughout the week at multiple library locations. Trained volunteers help with these sessions.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) workshops

Get tips on what you need to know to do well in IELTS tests. Come along to our weekly workshops, developed specifically for international students. When our libraries are open, sessions take place in Burleigh Heads, Robina, Runaway Bay and Southport.

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