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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.

Local studies

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 Bridlington 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.

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Age UK Guides

The Age UK Making the Most of the Internet step-by-step instruction guides can help you feel confident and safe online. They cover everything such as popular digital tasks and setting up devices, staying secure, keeping in touch with friends and family and shopping and banking online. Guides are available with beginner, intermediate and advanced information to support you in your journey to confidently using the internet.

Download the guides

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.

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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.

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The Open University - Open Learn

Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're passionate about a subject? Whether it’s a five minute exploration or a 24-hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn for free. OpenLearn is a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University as part of its Royal Charter commitment to support the wellbeing of the community. You will find over 1,000 free courses, topical and interactive content, videos and online games on OpenLearn.

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Britannica Library

Britannica Library brings together the world renowned content of the encyclopedia Britannica with the speed and convenience of the internet. There are hundreds and thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. The online edition is available at different reading levels, each with its own user-friendly interface.

  • Britannica Junior (5 to 11 years) - A special version of the famous encyclopedia for the young. Perfect for homework!

  • Britannica Student (12 to 18 years) - A simplified version appropriate for the developing student. Great for assignments!

  • Encyclopedia Britannica (18+ years) - The full version of the encyclopedia, with enhanced online features.

How to access: When prompted, enter your library card number in the 'Library Patron Remote Log-in' box. Then choose the Junior, Student, or Adult edition.

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Learn to code

Discover the fun of coding! You can work on your own projects at home by borrowing a Micro:bit, or you can come along to our free after school Code Clubs. Learning to code means you can make websites, robots, musical instruments and so much more! Where will your imagination take you?

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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.

Access research websites 24/7

There are lots of websites you can use your library membership number to access for free! From academic articles and research, to Newspaper Archives and family history research sites like Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past. Browse our list of websites:

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