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Announcement: Covid-19 guidelines at Tameside Library Service following liftting of restrictions 19 July 2021.

Coronavirus has not gone away and we need to be mindful of both customer and staff safety.  For this reason some measures will remain in place and we are working to restore in-person events and activities. Many online services and digital events are continuing.
Please check for latest updates on the progress of these changes via our Libraries homepage and social media.

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Improve your Digital Skills
 iDEA courses

 Computer buddies

Computer Buddies
Virtual Reference

Virtual Reference Library
Help with reading

Go citizen

 Go Citizen
Theory Test

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Get Online Week

Get Online Week


Learning Opportunities at Tameside Libraries


Throughout the year Tameside Libraries hold a variety of courses, workshops and learning sessions for Adults.

There's more to you library logoAdult learning activities happening in libraries:

  • Private tutors often use our community rooms to run one off workshops on a variety of topics. These are advertised in the Library and on the Tameside Events Calendar.
  • Festival of learning - Tameside Libraries hold a focus week that offers free learning taster sessions. Look out for details in Libraries, on the Libraries website and on the Events Calendar.
I.T. Courses For Beginners - Learn My Way


  • Get started with Learn My Way - Free and simple online courses for beginners. Come along to our free workshop to help you get started using your device and getting online. 

    • Every Tuesday 11am -12noon starting 5 November 2019 at Ashton Library, Marketplace, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

    • Or have a go for yourself. Register here with your email the first time then log back into the same account next time. Please use the centre code shown for the relevant library.

    • Learn My Way Centre Codes
      Ashton Library   (3457097)
      Denton Library   (3457098)
      Droylsden Library   (3457099)
      Dukinfield Library   (3457100)
      Hattersley Library   (3457101)
      Hyde Library   (3457102)
      Mossley Library   (3457103)
      Stalybridge Library   (3457104)

      To try at home download the instructions.pdf

Virtual Coffee  Morning
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Make your own drink and join us via Zoom for a chat about all things digital. Find out how we can help you get started using your device more and getting online safely.

Stay connected, manage your health, finances or deal with online form-filling and job searching.

Zoom is easy to use via the internet or download the app. Book via or contact us on 0161 342 2031 if you'd like to join in. See our brief guide to using Zoom pdf.


All of our libraries have PCs for you to use.

Library members can use the internet free of charge for up to one hour per day. Charges apply for additional use of the internet by members, internet use by non-members, and printing. If you are not a Library member it is easy to join and membership is free. Find out how to join the library.



Improve Your Digital Skills - iDEA

Get started with iDEA - Free online courses to improve your digital skills; collect badges as you complete units and build up to an award.

iDEA is headed by the Duke of York and is a scheme for the digital age similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Come along to our free workshop to help you improve your digital skills.

  • Every Thursday 3:30-4:30pm starting 7 November 2019 at Ashton Library, Marketplace, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

  • Or have a go for yourself. Register here to register with an email account and please use the badge code TANDGIDEA to get your first two points!

    To try at home download the instructions. pdf




Benefits of Reading


Reading regularly has been shown to benefit us in many different ways. Reading develops the vocabulary, general knowledge, understanding cultural awareness which can lead to improved education and skills levels and employment prospects.

Reading for pleasure often can raise self-esteem and promote wellbeing, helping to overcoming problems such as loneliness and depression. It can also help to keep our minds active as we get older, whether we still read stories and magazines, or listen to audiobooks.

Fostering a love of reading for pleasure in children is therefore really important, but it's never too late to start or improve your reading skills. Tameside Libraries has a range of groups and activities for all sorts of readers.

  • Readers' Groups - If you love reading why not join one of Tameside Libraries Readers' Groups.
  • Book Time for Yourself - Small and friendly groups offering a new type of reading experience.
  • Reading Well - Books on Prescription
  • Quick Reads - Tameside Libraries stock a range of short and engaging books for adult readers by bestselling authors.
  • Reading Ahead - A scheme to support and encourage readers which is particularly help for speakers of other languages and those with reading difficuties. Ask about Reading Ahead at any Tameside LIbrary.



For further information contact:

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Tameside Libraries Information Service
Ashton Library
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0161 342 2031


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