Introducing Universal Class

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Over 500 educational courses – free!

Librarian Owen Grey writes…

Alongside Learning Nexus, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has recently invested in a fantastic new online resource for library users interested in the pursuit of lifelong learning!

Universal Class is a real treasure trove of online learning, with over 500 free courses to choose from, in almost any subject area you can think of. All you need to do is join the library (if you are not already a member) and sign-up online.

Subjects range from ‘Office Skills’ and ‘Psychology’ to ‘Performing Arts’ and ‘Finance.’ Each course comes with dedicated instructors, module based lessons, assignments and tests. You can sign-up and look for the course you are interested in anywhere, anytime: among the many benefits of Universal Class is the ability to learn at your own pace, and in your own time. This flexible approach is especially useful for those of us juggling multiple priorities in our day to day lives!

Of particular interest to existing customers of Kensington Central’s Business Information Point will be the online business courses, which are available to anyone wanting to study business, start a small business or need help with their existing business.

So – whether your interest lies in Mindfulness, Web Development or Creative Writing – visit our Universal Class information page and take the plunge! The service is completely free for library users. A whole world of knowledge awaits you…

If you want to find out more before getting started we will be holding introductory ‘Online Learning’ sessions during Adult Learners’ Week in June.

North Kensington Library: Tuesday 16th June 9.30 – 1.30
Kensal Library: Thursday 18th June from 2.00 – 5.00
Brompton Library: Friday 19th June from 9.30 – 4.30



Help for your business in 2015


Whether you are looking for practical advice on setting up a business, seeking new contacts to help develop your company, creating a mailing list or swotting up on the latest information for your next job interview, Business Information Point at Kensington Reference Library can help.


You can get free access to a wide range of books on the subject of business and finance and related subjects. We also stock a good collection of business-related journals and online resources, expertly selected to offer quality information covering business and trade in the UK and beyond.

Our online database subscriptions include MINT UK and Keynote Market Research. Both these databases are available from inside the library. There is also COBRA, the complete business reference adviser, which is available in the library or remotely, from your home PC using your library card number. A selection of Keynote reports is available in hard copy as well.

Please follow this link for a full list of online databases.


Events and Workshops:  The library is also hosting free workshops and networking events specifically for people looking to set up or grow their own business. These events offer a fantastic opportunity to learn from those in the industry who successfully run businesses and understand current risks, challenges and possibilities.

Please follow this link for a list of list of our Jobs & Careers events 2015.

The library also hosts free  Careers Advice sessions run weekly by professional advisors from The National Careers Service.

To be added to our events mailing list and get invitations to our forthcoming business events email us at: