Bolton Library and Museum Services

Learning about computers


If you aren't familiar with computers why not check out the beginners' computer classes we offer in several of our libraries. Alternatively, there are a range of online courses that you can work through at your own pace.

Did you know that you can use our library internet PCs to access a range of online courses? You can improve your computer skills, learn a language, or follow a range of interests through online learning. Library staff at all Bolton Libraries will be happy to show you how to get started on your chosen course – it’s easy and it’s FREE!


Learn My Way

A great new series of courses designed by UK Online taking students from the first steps in using computers, the internet and email to online shopping, digital photography, social media and getting the most from your mobile phone. There is a wealth of information for job seekers and links to useful public services websites. Take a look at this clear and easy to use Learn My Way website


BBC Learning

A large range of courses are available including:


First Click First Click is a campaign running across the BBC encouraging the estimated 9.2 million people in the UK who do not have access to the internet to take the first steps to get online.


Skillswise – If you want to improve your English and Maths look at Skillswise; there are factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games.


Language Courses – several different languages are available at a variety of skill levels with audio and video sections.


There are also a range of other short courses and links to sites on subjects including cooking; gardening; history; and personal development.

Please visit the BBC Learning website for more information.


OpenLearn Learning Space

The OpenLearn website offers free access to academic course materials from the Open University. There are a wide variety of subjects covered in these short courses – arts; sciences; and social sciences – useful to either follow an interest or as a foundation for future study.