Learning for adults

Online learning resources for adults

If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands why not learn something new? Here are some recommendations put together by the Southwark Libraries team.

Look out for live learning online activities on the Southwark Presents what’s on diary.

Southwark Adult learning

Southwark's adult education service are running a variety of courses online, ideal for those that are self-isolating or prefer distance learning.

Morley online

Learn new skills, keep your body active and get creative from the comfort of your own home with up to 50% off all 400 Morley College courses.

Free online courses for job seekers with Southwark College

Southwark College is offering free online courses to help individuals learn new skills and improve existing ones so they can enter or re-enter the workplace.


Free online learning resources from the Open University.


This non-profit organisation provides free online university courses from universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, MIT and more.

Khan Academy

A non-profit organisation providing  free high quality maths, science, arts and humanities, computing and economics.       

BBC Bitesize

A great resource for any age. Why not revisit your GCSE French or have a go at sharpening your maths skills?


Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.

Google Digital Garage

A range of free learning content designed to help grow your business or jump-start your career.         

Explore the NASA archive online

A wonderful learning resource for any age or just a fun way to spend an hour.


Vox is a great way to get your head around current affairs and world history using evidence based video content.         

Learn Out Loud

50,000 educational videos, podcasts and eAudiobooks to help you learn while you potter about the house.


Choose from 100,000 online video courses with new additions every month. Lots of discounts are available from April 2020.

MIT open courseware

This site makes the materials used in the teaching at Massachusetts Institute of Technology available on the web.

Take part in a research project with Zooniverse

Why not try some Citizen Science with one of these fun crowd-sourced research projects?

JSTOR and Artstor   

Explore a growing collection of free Open Access journals, ebooks, reports images and media

British History Online

Free access to a huge library of history resources including reference books, maps, primary sources and data provided by the University of London

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

A community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

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