Bolton Library and Museum Services

Adult Learning

Bolton Libraries provide opportunities for adults to learn new skills, some of which are detailed below.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL classes run at the Central Library in partnership with The Workers Educational Association (WEA).

Currently there is a beginners’ class and a variety of certificated classes for higher level students.

Every year before classes start there is an advertised open day where students can be assessed and enrol for classes. All classes run for 10 or 16 weeks and the higher level classes have an exam at the end of the course. It is essential that students attend every session.

Additionally Bolton College runs classes at High Street Library. For more information please contact High Street Library direct.

Ask at any of our libraries and we can provide a printout of ESOL classes and providers in Bolton.


ICT Classes

We work in partnership with Bolton Community College  and Active Ageing to offer basic ICT short courses throughout the year at some of our libraries. If you are interested, please contact your local library to find out when and where they are being delivered and to add your name to a waiting list.

Additionally most libraries provide computer mentor sessions with one to one tutoring provided by a volunteer. Please ask your library for more details and to book your place.


Other classes

From time to time we offer a range of other courses for adult learners and we host reading, knitting and scrabble groups at various libraries. Do look out for posters or online publicity - or ask at your local library. We also supply information about other learning opportunities in Bolton, whether by providing local prospectuses or by offering free taster sessions during Adult Learning Week or Family Learning Festival.