Mother and daughter sitting at table with iPadAt Hamilton City Libraries we nurture and support curiosity and learning within our communities. Free online courses are one way to do this. Most of the links below are free, web-based and you won’t have to sign up or enrol. If you would like further information on lifelong learning, please phone 07 838 6826.

Please note: see our Event Calendar for information on when the below services are restarting. 

Computer mentors

All our libraries offer free, 1-on-1 help writing your CV, setting up an email account or any other computer-related things you may want to know about. We have mentors who speak many different languages so if you know someone who doesn't have English as their first language and could use some computer help, please ask staff for available sessions.
Check our calendar for days and times.

Adult education classes and programmes 

We have free adult education classes and programmes facilitated by the community, for the community. All classes and programmes are free to attend, no registration is required, and all are welcome.



Come and share your passion for reading with fellow book lovers. Talk with others about books you have enjoyed and get ideas for new books and authors you might like to read. Learn more about what we’re reading together here.

Hillcrest Library Book Chats: The last Thursday morning of every month from 10.30AM - 11.30AM at Hillcrest Library. Contact the Hillcrest Library team for more information.

Chartwell Library Book Chats: The second Monday afternoon of every month from 2.00PM - 3.00PM at Chartwell Library. Contact Chartwell Library for more information.



Join a relaxed and inclusive choir group. Every Wednesday afternoon 12.45PM - 2.00PM in the Central Library. Contact Christie for more information.


English Learner’s Corner

Practice your conversational skills. All abilities and ages are welcome! Every Friday evening 6.00PM – 7.30PM, in the Auaha Community Room, Level 1 of Central Library. Contact Christie for more information.


New Zealand Sign Language

Learn the language of our Deaf community. Every Thursday morning 10.30AM - 11.30AM in Level 2 Stack, Central Library. Contact Christie for more information.


Russian Language and Culture

Come along and spend an hour each Monday learning about the language and culture of Russia. This is a beginner level class. Run in collaboration with the New Zealand Russian Community Trust. Every Monday evening 6.30PM - 7.30PM in Level 2 Stack, Central Library. Contact Christie for more information.


Toastmasters Wordplay on Saturday

Want to improve your speaking skills? Join the friendly Toastmasters Wordplay on Saturday group! Suitable for both fluent and new English speakers. Every Saturday morning 9AM – 10.30AM, in Level 2 Stack, Central Library. Contact Christie for more information.


Writer’s Den

If you share our passion for writing you are welcome to meet with us fortnightly, share your work, receive feedback and support on our writing journeys. Check the events calendar for session dates.

Central Library Writer’s Den: Alternate Wednesdays 5.30PM - 7.30PM.
Contact Christie for more information.

Chartwell Library Writer’s Den: Every second Thursday evening 5.45PM - 7.30PM.
Contact Christie for more information.


Help with your job searching

Work and Income have a great site to help you with your job search, and CV templates.

Workwise supports people who are facing personal or health challenges to find and keep a job. Their website has some helpful resources for job hunters.

Careers NZ is a good New Zealand resource useful for all things job related, including how to write your CV, how to market yourself and has a large list of current job vacancies.

Future You, created by Wintec, is a short questionnaire helping you find a range of job options based on what you'd like from a career.

GCF LearnFree

GCF LearnFree helps people learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, maths, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.

Hands on computer keyboardExcel help

Many people find Excel useful but it can be daunting. Excel is an important skill in many jobs. We have found a great website that can help, in an easy to follow format – whether you just want to know how to freeze panes or rows or something more in-depth you can find help here.

Adult literacy and ESOL

The BBC is also a good site for you to learn or improve your reading or writing for literacy.  It’s good for non-native English speakers also.

Listen to a six-minute recording in English and answer questions about what you have heard, and find written dictionary definitions.

This link is a good link for other learning resources for adults.

Community education courses at Fraser High School

Courses include defensive driving, how to weave a taaniko and contemporary Korowai cloak, Hathi yoga, gardening, sewing, beekeeping, woodwork and much more.


Learn Te Reo Maaori

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maaori website is a great place to get started, with materials for beginners through to advanced.

Learn New Zealand Sign Language online

Did you know New Zealand Sign Language is one of Aotearoa’s three official languages? There are many resources for learning and practising your Sign online!

Teach yourself basic NZSL through the free and interactive Learn NZSL online portal.

Learn NZSL online using the New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary, courtesy of the Victoria University of Wellington’s Deaf Studies Unit.

Victoria University of Wellington’s Deaf Studies unit have also provided a list of online content to help you learn NZSL from home, including eBooks, videos, and free online courses.

Three students at tableFree university courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer university courses online for anyone to take, for free. Arts, Sciences, English, Statistics and more, it’s all here.