Literacy support for adults in Hastings

Picking a book at the library

Chat to your local librarians!

Your local library is not only full of thousands of wonderful books, but also brilliant librarians who may be able to advise you on local support, reading groups, the best books to choose and possible course options.

Find your local library here - including Hastings and Hollington Libraries - and check out Ore Community Library on their website: orecommunitylibrary.org.uk

You can become a library member for free online or at your nearest library.

Courses and qualifications in libraries

East Sussex Libraries offer English and Maths online courses that you study (in a library or at home) with support and guidance from a tutor. These courses are often free. Find out more here.

If you have children, you might also be interested in family learning courses offered at some Children's Centres. Find your nearest children's centre and what they offer here.


Don't forget - your library is full of more than just books! Ask your librarian about audiobooks, ebooks, newspapers, magazines, and services like 'click and collect', computer use, and library events!

Seek advice from colleges

Contact your local colleges for advice, information and potential courses. Reach out to East Sussex College to find out more about what they offer and how they can support you.

Resources and support

  • Zone In homepage

    Zone In

    Find tips and ideas on boosting your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for young adults.
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    Etc Sussex

    Etc Sussex offers free English and IT classes and activities for people whose first language is not English, plus free internet access, basic computer training and job search sessions.
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    Reading Agency resources

    Our friends at The Reading Agency provide a number of free literacy resources for adults.
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Useful links

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    Gov.uk

    Visit the Gov.uk site for improving your English skills, or call the National Careers Service helpline on 0800 100 900
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    Union Learning

    If you are employed and have access to a union, your union learning representative will be able to provide confidential advice.
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    Read Easy

    Read Easy recruits, trains and supports volunteers to give one-to-one tuition to adults who struggle with reading.
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    Learning and Work Institute

    The Learning and Work Institute aims to improve access to learning for adults.
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    Learn Direct

    Learn Direct provides online courses and a network of learning centres. Call 0800 101 901 for advice and information on their adult literacy courses.
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