Learn at Libraries

Learning and Study

Whether you're looking to learn something new or get support studying your own topics, East Riding Libraries have lots of resources and opportunities for all ages.

How can we help?

There's lots of ways to learn at libraries, from discovering secrets of your local area to getting some help with your homework or improving your computer skills from beginner to more advanced.

What's on Upcoming events and activities

Local studies Discover the secrets of your area

Goole Local Studies can be found inside Goole Library.

Our range of family history resources includes: e-genealogy (free access to ancestry.com, parish registers on findmypast.co.uk and other genealogical websites), census returns, monumental inscriptions, parish registers, poll books, trade directories and registers of electors.

Contact Goole Local Studies

Visit Goole Library
Phone: (01405) 762187
Email: goolelocalstudies.library@eastriding.gov.uk

Image: Tom Pudding train on the canal at Goole 1882 (archive ref DDX882-19)

Bridlington Local Studies can be found inside Bridlington Central Library.

Our range of family history resources includes: e-genealogy (free access to ancestry.com, parish registers on findmypast.co.uk and other genealogical websites), census returns, monumental inscriptions, parish registers, poll books, trade directories and registers of electors.

Contact Goole Local Studies

Visit Bridlington Library
Phone: (01262) 672917
Email: bridlingtonlocalstudies.library@eastriding.gov.uk

Image: Princes Parade from south, Bridlington, c.1905 (archive ref PO-1-20-71)

At the Treasure House in Beverley you can find East Riding Archives. It's free to view collections at the archives. In the research room you can find microfiche machines, a computer suite and a range of local studies books on the open shelves available to read.

To view the collections from the Archives Catalogue you will need to sign in with ID and request the item to be brought out into the protected side of the research room. To find out more and reserve an item in advance of your visit, visit the East Riding Archives website.

East Riding Archives

Image: Beverley Minster's 'old dead bell' c.1900 (archive ref PH-5-1)

Get Online

Need to get online but don't have a computer or internet at home? Just visit your local library. All of our branch libraries have computers for you to use free. You just need to sign in with your library card.

Book a computer online

No card? No problem, you can join for free or sign in as a guest and read the acceptable use policy each visit. We also have free Public Wi-Fi so you can bring along your own computers, tablets and smartphones to use.

Under 16s can use computers with parent or carer permission. Download and sign the form on the Children's Zone.

Improve your digital and computer skills

Learn My Way
Free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online. Easy bite-size learning, with interactive step-by-step lessons in a variety of online tasks to help you grow your confidence and knowledge. Improve your digital skills for free, or sign up to be a champion and help others get online.

Sign up free
Digital Unite Technology Guides
Digital Unite helps organisations train digital champions to help get people online. The website features more than 400 award-winning how-to guides for a range of digital topics. These guides are free to download and use, and can help from computer basics and using Office programmes, to Data Protection and GDPR, smartphones and music and TV streaming.

Download the guides
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iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through a series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd. To achieve these awards you earn badges that display on your profile - and you can get your first badge by using the East Riding Libraries code!

To earn the East Riding Libraries badge, all you need to do is sign up or log in to iDEA, click on Redeem at the top of the page and use the badge code ERL7BR4.

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Cisco Networking Academy
A worldwide online training provider offering intermediate digital courses on networking, internet of things, programming, security, OS and IT, and Packet Tracer. The Networking Academy is making technology education more accessible to a wider range of people, to keep up with the ever evolving market of digital products we use and play with everyday.

There are three courses available:Get connectedIntroduction to cyber securityCybersecurity essentials
Future Learn
University created short courses, both free and paid, in a full range of topics. Browse interests and availability to find something to improve your knowledge or take a step further into your career today.

Search available courses
Google Digital Garage
A range of career development and technical courses, from free to paid. Browse available topics and find something that suits you.

Search available courses
Tablet Time Guide
The tablet time guide was developed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as an easy-to-follow booklet for members of our tablet time groups. It features hints and prompts to encourage self-learning and getting used to your own chosen tablet or smartphone device. The guide can supplement sessions, inspire group leaders to try new things or read it on your own and increase your confidence at home.

Download the guide

Learn to code

Create anything from robots to musical instruments with the Micro:bit. Fun for kids and adults alike, you can borrow a Micro:bit from East Riding Libraries for free. It's perfect for beginners to get into coding.

For more information, tutorials and inspiring projects to get you started, visit Microbit.org

What can I do with a Micro:bit?
The Micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer. It's plug and play software means you can get coding and build games as soon as you get it home. The device has buttons, an accelerometer (meaning it knows when you tilt or shake it) and a five by five grid of LED lights which can be used to spell words, make shapes and more.

To code, you can use blocks, javascript or python. If that means no more than lego, coffee and snakes to you, don't worry! There's plenty of instructions to help build your knowledge and confidence from scratch.
What will I need to use one?
To use the Micro:bit you will need:
  • A laptop or computer with USB entry (must be Windows 7 or later, or Mac OS X 10.6 or later) or a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet
  • Access to the internet
  • Plenty of imagination!
The Micro:bit kit from the library will come with:
  • An A4 double side printed instructions
  • A battery pack with two AAA batteries
  • A USB to micro-USB cable
  • A Micro:bit
Please note: Parental supervision required for children under 8 years old. Not suitable for children under 3 years old due to small parts.

How to borrow a Micro:bit

Simply visit the Library catalogue and reserve a Micro:bit for collection from your local library.

Reserve a Micro:bit

Homework help

Looking for somewhere to get online, type up your homework and print work? You can access free computers, public Wi-Fi or use Click Print Go straight from home. Find out more about printing on our More Than Books page.

Children under 8 years old need to have a parent or carer with them to use our computers. Children between ages 8 and 15 must have a signed permission slip from a parent or carer and read our acceptable use policy. Download the form, and return the permission slip on the end to your local library.

Under 16s Acceptable Use Policy

Access research websites 24/7

There are lots of websites you can use your library membership number to access for free! From Who Writes Like… ? for author suggestions to Newspaper Archives and family history research sites like Find My Past. Browse our list of websites:

View resources

Image copyright: Britannica Library edition.