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Libraries & Adult Learning

Libraries in Rossendale and other sources of information including help with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).


book_open_pagesYou can join the library if you live, work or attend full-time education within Lancashire. You can join at any age and it is FREE!

Lancashire County Council provides a service to minority ethnic communities.  Titles can be ordered through any library and books in the following languages may be available:

  • Urdu Gujurati Bengali Punjabi Hindi Chinese Arabic Kurdish Russian Czech Pashto Farsi European languages
  • Dual language children’s books, including picture books, are also available.
  • Books about different cultures are stocked, including a collection of materials on Black writing and history.

There are also booklists available for Asian and African Caribbean categories.

Free public access to the internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office applications and CDRom is currently available in all of Lancashire’s static libraries

Language courses on CD and audio-cassette are stocked and can be ordered through all libraries.  Information on the library service can be made available in other languages. Staff with Asian language skills are available to help.  For further information, please contact County Library Headquarters on 01772 534008.  The County Library website has useful information and links at

To contact the Library direct use the contact details below:

  • Bacup Library, St James Square, Bacup, Rossendale,OL13 9AH Tel: 01706 873324
  • Rawtenstall Library, Queen’s Square, Haslingden Road,Rawtenstall, BB4 6QU Tel: 01706 227911


Adult Learning

Accrington & Rossendale College Community Training Solutions

Community Training Solutions provide courses which are completely free for anybody unemployed,claiming a benefit and actively seeking work.  They work in partnership with local community organisations who host training programmes at their own venue.

For more information about what they offer see the ACCROSS Community Training Solutions Facebook page

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Accrington & Rossendale College also offer an English speaking course for people whose first language is not English. The courses are designed to help improve language skills in a practical way, teaching you the things you’ll be able to use, such as filling in forms and gaining employment skills.If you’d like more information about what ESOL courses are available, what they involve and where they take place visit

Visit the College Website at and select ‘ESOL’from ‘Adult and Community Learning’ or telephone 01254 389933 or by email to  Their address is Sandy Lane, Accrington, BB5 2AW


Learndirect operates a network of online learning centres all over the UK which give access to a range of e-learning opportunities. Learndirect’s flexible learning is available to individual adults wanting to improve existing skills or to learn new ones. Learndirect offers courses covering a range of subjects, including management, IT, Skills for Life and languages, at all levels. The majority of courses are available online allowing people to learn wherever they have access to the internet -at home, at work or at a Learndirect centre.

To enquire about what learndirect courses are on offer visit their website

Lancashire Adult Learning

Lancashire Adult Learning have Information, Advice, Guidance and Careers team can help anyone who wants to move on in learning or work. they can find courses in your area and explore the options available to you. Appointments can be arranged at local community venues at a time to suit you. They offer impartial, confidential and free advice to all adults 19 years and over in Lancashire:

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