Learning & development


Get connected and learn digital skills with our free online resources and introductory technology workshops for all ages. We have a wide range of online resources to help you learn or improve digital skills.

The Computer School

Learn new skills with interactive tutorials covering computer basics, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver, Internet Explorer, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and more.

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Be Connected

Free courses facilitated by the Australian Government on everything from how to access the internet, using your device and keeping in touch with others online.

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Mousing Around

Learn how to use a mouse and improve your mousing skills with this information tutorial, practical 'mousercise' activity and a series of games to help you build your confidence.

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Workshops and events

Our essential digital skills workshops will help you learn how to navigate the online world. Discover the basics of using a computer or mobile device. Find out how to navigate the Internet and search for information online. Learn how to set up, send and receive emails, and connect with friends and family using social media platforms. See our What's on calendar for upcoming workshops.

Self-help resources

Explore the library catalogue to browse our extensive range of books and other resources to help you get online and develop your digital skills.

Adult literacy

Gold Coast Libraries supports adult learners with resources. Browse our library catalogue for online resources.

We also recommend the resources listed on the Reading Writing Hotline website.

English as a second language

People enjoying an English conversation circle

English Conversation Circles

Are you a newer Australian who is looking to improve your English speaking skills? We host weekly English Conversation Circles where you can practice and improve your conversational English in a safe, welcoming and relaxed environment. These sessions are facilitated by our friendly library staff – come and join us!.

Whether you are new to English, are bilingual, or just prefer to read in your native language, we have a range of resources in different languages to help keep you informed and entertained.

Our library collection has a dedicated LOTE (Languages other than English) collection, which includes print books in a selection of over 20 languages.

Explore our library catalogue for resources in the following languages:

If you are looking for resources and reading material in a language that is not listed here, please contact us and our collections team may be able to access additional resources from the State Library of Queensland.

Digital resources in other languages

If you prefer to read online, we also have a range of eBook, eAudiobook, eMagazines and eNewspapers that are available in different community languages across our digital resources. You can download and read or listen direct from your device!

Read a great variety of international newspapers and magazines on the PressReader app, or visit DragonSource to access thousands of Chinese-language magazines.

Use LOTE 4 Kids to find digital picture books and enjoy storytime in your language. Download the app and take storytime with you wherever you go.

Choose IELTS General or IELTS Academic for English language skills training tests when migrating to English-speaking countries like Australia and New Zealand or for studying/training below degree level. The test includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

At AMES, learn English, vocational training and access Workforce Australia recruitment services.

Cultural diversity

Find out more about the support available for multicultural residents on the Gold Coast on our Cultural diversity page.