Adult Courses

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For your curious mind. A new programme of vibrant subjects for you to study wherever you are.

Online courses

Learn Live or join a study morning or afternoon with our brand new programme of online short courses. All these courses take place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before.

Learn Live courses are 90 minute sessions with our expert tutors. Listen, reflect and discuss with your fellow participants, with just 35 places per course. Take one or as many Learn Live courses as you like, they will work well together or alone. There will be optional pre and post course tasks for those who want to delve even deeper.

Study mornings and afternoons are two hour sessions with three expert speakers. Sit back and absorb as each speaker presents for 20 minutes, followed by the chance to ask questions in a Q&A.

Onsite courses

We are gradually reopening our physical spaces in St Pancras and are delighted to now be able to welcome you back to a number of courses onsite.

We have made some changes to keep everyone safe during these sessions like smaller class sizes so everyone can keep a safe distance, regular enhanced cleaning of the classrooms and equipment, and everyone will need to wear a face covering. Find out more about how we’re welcoming you to the Library safely

Who are our courses for?

Courses are for adults aged 18 years and over. If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact adultLearning@bl.uk and your parent/guardian will be asked to sign a permission form.

Our courses are in English and are mostly aimed at beginners unless otherwise stated. Please check the individual course outline for specific details.

Refund policy during COVID-19

In the event of future closures or if you need to cancel your visit due to COVID-19, we’ll offer you alternative dates if available or a full refund. If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t come to the Library, and reschedule your visit by emailing boxoffice@bl.uk

Please note online course bookings cannot be refunded.

Sign up to hear about future courses

We are regularly developing new courses. If you would like to join our mailing list to be notified when courses are open for booking, please email adultlearning@bl.uk.

Learn in your own time

Discover the Library’s collections with our digital learning resources.

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Learn Live: Journalism – Sources, Stories and Headlines

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Learn Live: Memoir – Getting Started

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Learn Live: Journalism – Write the News

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A Victorian family photographic portrait.
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Learn Live: Memoir – Shaping Your Story

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A drawing comparing the sizes of birds' eggs - swan, turkey, duck, plover
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Learn Live: Food Writing - The Basics

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Scissors, tape and rulers and bookbinding paraphernalia.
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Bookbinding for Beginners

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Bookbinding materials.
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Intermediate Bookbinding

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A poem and drawing by Edward Lear about a purple parrot.
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Learn Live: Journalism – Interviewing Skills

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Three soldiers on horseback.
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Learn Live: Memoir – The Art of Remembering

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Jewish text illuminated with a rampant lion.
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Study Morning: Hebrew Manuscripts

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An illustration of a kitchen with men in medieval dress and a lady in an apron.
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Learn Live: Food Writing – Communicating Your Work

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A Hebrew manuscript text with a yad.
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Learn Live: Introduction to Jewish Texts – Tanakh

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An exhibition display showing a big plastic model tampon on a pedestal.
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Learn Live: Vagina – Know Your Anatomy

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A woman holding a placard saying "Women's rights are human rights".
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Study Afternoon: Global Women's Rights

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