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Adult literacy

The SLQ adult literacy collection has resources for improving literacy and learning English as a second language. The resources are suitable for students and literacy tutors. Items are available via bulk loan to all public libraries.

Resources include:

  • teaching theory and practice books
  • student workbooks on grammar, spelling and comprehension in print and audio format
  • books and audio material on numeracy and everyday living such as job search skills, technology and beach safety
  • abridged novels and graded readers
  • learning English for LOTE speakers
  • learning languages.

Library staff can provide support to tutors in the following ways:

  • make tutors aware of this specialist collection and the public library spaces available for conducting classes or one-to-one sessions
  • make tutors and literacy students aware of the wide range of library resources
  • contact tutors to arrange a tour of the library and promote membership to students
  • connect with tutors in your area via the Queensland Council for Adult Literacy on or view the Directory of literacy providers.

How to borrow

Public library staff can request a bulk loan (see loan procedures)  of adult literacy items by submitting a bulk loan request. To find individual titles, search the RLQ  catalogue.

Members of the public can borrow from the SLQ adult literacy collection by contacting their local public library. Find your nearest public library by searching the directory. You can also identify libraries with Internet access.
The following YouTube videos provide more information about finding and reserving items in the literacy collection.

Literacy resources available from SLQ

Literacy framework

Libraries for literacy – every day, every way 2015 - 2018 is a framework for the development of responsive literacy services delivered by the State Library, partnering with Queensland public libraries and literacy providers.

Literacy forums

As part of the Framework, SLQ delivers an annual literacy forum.

Adult literacy organisations

Online literacy resources

Online literacy resources available to Public Library staff, such as The Corner Toolkit and the Little Big Book Club

Last updated
6th August 2019