At Hamilton City Libraries we nurture and support curiosity and learning within our communities. Free online courses are one way to do this. Most of the links below are free, web-based and you won’t have to sign up or enrol. If you would like further information on lifelong learning, please email Kay Huia, our Lifelong Learning Librarian on phone 07 838 6469.
⦿ Computer mentors
All our libraries offer free, 1-on-1 help writing your CV, setting up an email account or any other computer-related things you may want to know about. We have mentors who speak many different languages so if you know someone who doesn't have English as their first language and could use some computer help, please ask staff for available sessions. Check our calendar for days and times.
⦿ Adult education classes
Are you interested in crafts, sign language or choir? Join our free classes.
⦿ The Writers' Den Support Group
If you share our passion for writing you are welcome to meet with us fortnightly, share your work, receive feedback and support on our writing journeys. Check the events calendar for session dates.
Alternate Wednesdays from
Contact Mike Burns firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate Thursdays from
⦿ English Learners Corner
Practice your conversational skills.
All abilities and ages are welcome!
Every Friday 6pm-7.30pm in Level 2 Stack, Central Library Contact Christopher Beattie on Christopher.Beattie@hotmail.com
⦿ Russian Language Group - Клуб Русского Языка
Every Monday evening 6.30pm-7.30pm in Level 2 Stack, Central Library
Contact Sergei Litvinenko email@example.com
⦿ Help with your job searching
Work and Income have a great site to help you with your job search, and CV templates.
Workwise supports people who are facing personal or health challenges to find and keep a job. Their website has some helpful resources for job hunters.
Find your fit, created by Wintec, is short questionnaire helping you find a range of job options based on what you'd like from a career.
⦿ GCF LearnFree
GCF LearnFree helps people learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, maths, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
⦿ Learn to touch type
This BBC learn to touch type website is aimed at kids, but is fun and engaging enough for adults as well. You just need to get used to the accent.
The BBC has free online courses - try gardening, religious studies, or how about food and catering? Learn at your own pace.
⦿ Excel help
Many people find Excel useful but it can be daunting. Excel is an important skill in many jobs. We have found a great website that can help, in an easy to follow format – whether you just want to know how to freeze panes or rows or something more in depth you can find help here.
⦿ Adult literacy and ESOL
The BBC is also a good site for you to learn or improve your reading or writing for literacy. It’s good for non-native English speakers also.
Listen to a six minute recording in English and answer questions about what you have heard, and find written dictionary definitions.
This link is a good link for other learning resources for adults.
And here is a link to many different websites that can help you improve your English, and another link to improve your pronunciation of English. Thanks to Waikato Pathways College – Te Hunua for sharing these with us.
⦿ Community education courses at Fraser High School
Courses include defensive driving, how to weave a taaniko and contemporary Korowai cloak, Hathi yoga, gardening, sewing, beekeeping, woodwork and much more.
⦿ Learn Te Reo Maaori
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maaori website is a great place to get started, with materials for beginners through to advanced.
⦿ Learn Sign Language
Did you know Sign Language is an official language? Learn how to "speak" it, courtesy of NZSL Online.
⦿ Free university courses
Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer university courses online for anyone to take, for free. Arts, Sciences, English, Statistics and more, it’s all here.
We are grateful to BBC Learning for allowing the use of their online resources on this page.