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Adult literacy

The State Library 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

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 or contact

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 State Library adult literacy collection by contacting their local public library. Find your nearest public library by searching the directory.

The following YouTube videos provide more information about finding and reserving items in the literacy collection.

Literacy resources available from State Library

Adult literacy organisations

Last updated
13th November 2019