Learn something new
If you would like to learn something different or improve your existing skills,
then pop in and see what’s available in your local library. We offer a fun, friendly
and informal learning experience in a relaxed library environment.
All South Ayrshire libraries provide free Internet access to library patrons and
offer access to a variety of informal learning options. The Cybercentre (located
in the Carnegie library) is our flag ship Learning Centre and as such offers more
options than the branches.
Courses leading to qualifications
One to One taster sessions - available at Ayr's Carnegie Library Cyber Centre and Marr Education Resources Centre, Troon
If you have never used a computer before and would like help to surf the web or
send an email then we can help to get you started. Even if you have never used a
mouse or keyboard we will have you pointing and clicking in no time at all. A one
hour session with an experienced member of staff will generally cover
- Mouse skills
- Keyboard skills
- An introduction to the internet
For further information please contact the Cybercentre at Ayr's Carnegie Library or the Marr Education Resources Centre (located at the back of Troon Library).
Courses leading to qualifications
ALISON – Study interactive self-paced courses for free
This web site offers access to over 100 courses in a variety of subjects including
Digital Literacy and IT Skills, Business and Enterprise Skills, Financial and Economic
Literacy, Health and Safety, English Language Skills and Personal Development. All
courses are available for free, and are interactive. After successfully completing
these courses, you will be able to download your Certificate of Completion.
To register go to http://alison.com/login
ECDL (European Computer Driving License)
Interested in gaining a qualification in IT? Try ECDL, a structured learning process,
proving your basic competency in a range of computer skills from using the computer,
managing files, software application packages to using the Internet.
Find out more http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries/ecdl.aspx
Driving Theory Test
Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory
test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video
clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from
the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.
Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free for South Ayrshire library patrons.
How to sign up for Theory Test Pro:
Before proceeding please ensure that you have a current email account.
When you first use Theory Test Pro you will need to register with your name, email
address and password. There is no charge for this. This information allows Theory
Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise
for the test.
If you sign up from home or anywhere else outside of the library, you will also
need a valid library barcode number, available on your library card.
Learn at your leisure - learning resources and facilities
Available in the Cybercentre, located within the Carnegie library, are a selection
of online and book based learning resources available. Independent learners can
use these resources to study topics such as Microsoft Office, Windows operating
systems, Internet, Email and typing at their own pace and at times which fit into
The computer facilities are available for a maximum of two hours a day for adult
library members and this may vary depending on what library you use. Booking in
advance is strongly advised as the Cybercentre is heavily used and we cannot guarantee
access to a PC at short notice.
For further information please telephone the CyberCentre at Carnegie Library or drop in
and see us.
JAWS Screen reader for the visually impaired – Carnegie Library, Cybercentre, Maybole
and Girvan library only
JAWS is a popular screen reader which works with a PC to provide access to software
applications and the Internet for those who are blind or have low vision. JAWS uses
a multilingual synthesizer called Eloquence to speak through the computer’s sound
card, reading aloud information from the screen. We can offer one-on-one tuition
with a skilled tutor. Please contact Joan Black for more information.