Libraries are resources for, and centres of, learning, supporting both formal (structured classes and courses) and informal (self-directed) learning for people aged 12 years and upwards.
We have strong links with agencies such as the City of Cork VEC, Lifelong Learning Festival, Centre for Adult & Continuing Education, UCC, and FÁS, in order to enhance the range and quality of our supports for the learning city.
Libraries are key players in the Lifelong Learning Festival. The range of learning opportunities offered during the festival continues to grow and develop. Libraries also participate in the Adult Education Exhibition each year.
Projects are now an integral part of the Leaving and Junior Certificates. Secondary schools from the city and the county bring classes to the Reference Library where pupils are introduced to the sources – articles and books – for their special topics in history.
Libraries host classes in basic computer skills jointly with the VEC. More recently we offer more advanced e-learning classes, in co-operation with FÁS, and libraries also host computer training for visually impaired persons.
In partnership with the Centre for Continuing & Adult Education in UCC (CACE) we make short courses accessible to local communities via libraries. The complete listing of the 2011/12 courses in UCC can be viewed here. The Council continues to host literacy classes and classes on basic English, in conjunction with the VEC, Welcome English and other agencies.
Libraries hold valuable resources to help people develop their careers, to prepare for job interviews, and start their own business. We hold information on careers, job creation, education and related initiatives.