Adult Courses

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

We’re delighted some of our courses will be heading back to the Library with sessions exploring a few of the greatest treasures in our collection. But if you’ve been enjoying crafting and learning from the comfort of your own home we’re continuing to offer plenty of sessions online too.

Explore all our At the Library Courses

Explore all our Online Courses

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.

Sign up to hear about future courses

We're 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.

Series events

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Course

Learn Live: Food in 19th-century Literature

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Course

Summer School: Explorations in Architecture

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Illustration of fruit
Course

Learn Live: Food in 20th- and 21st-century Literature

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Course

Illustrating Children’s Characters

Six-week course starting -
An illumination
Course

Webinar: The Art of Illumination with Patricia Lovett MBE

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At the Library Course

Illumination Masterclass

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Arabic scripture with illustrated sea creature
Online Course

Learn Live: Humour in Arabic Literature

Three-week course starting -
Titile page and illustration from The Monk: A Romance
At the Library Course

Gothic

Six-week course starting -
Open leather-bound book
At the Library Course

Bookbinding Masterclass

Two day course starting -
Writer poised to start writing in a notebook
Online Course

Learn Live: Exploring Climate Change with Poetry

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A Queen's script
Online Course

Webinar: The Queens' Scripts with Patricia Lovett MBE

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Old English Manuscript
At the Library Course

Old English Masterclass

Two day course starting -