Looking to improve your Continuing Personal Development (CPD)? There are several online courses that can help you improve existing skills as well as help you learn new ones. 

Below you will find a selection of CPD courses you can access online.

The British Library has developed a number of webinars as part of their Living Knowledge Network (LKN) - a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries.

You can register and view the webinars using the link below.


The Carnegie UK Trust has developed a new leadership programme in partnership with CILIP. The Stepping into Leadership course was originally developed as part of the Carnegie Library Lab (CLL), to encourage creativity, innovation and leadership in public libraries in the UK and Ireland.

The course can be accessed by those working in the library and information sector and aims to: 

  • Increase understanding of key leadership concepts
  • Encourage reflection on your own leadership qualities
  • Develop a personal action plan to improve your effectiveness as a leader


CILIPS has introduced online learning sessions to help members keep up-to-date with their professional development.

CILIPS Online Learning offers a number of talks and recordings on a variety of topics.


Culture & Wellbeing Community Network Scotland is a joint venture between SLIC and Fun Palaces Scotland.
The group, which offers peer training and online discussions, is supported by Fun Palaces Scotland Ambassador Lewis Hou. Resources and discussions are all organised into archived Units and accessible at any time. If you have any questions or queries relating to accessing the Facebook group you can contact Lewis directly.


This toolkit was created by public libraries in Aarhus, Denmark and Chicago in the USA with funding from the Gates Foundation. The Design Thinking for Libraries toolkit introduces a way of working that helps libraries understand the needs of patrons and how to engage with communities as well as encouraging services to experiment to create services, processes and programmes that meet the changing needs of customers.

Libraries of Sanctuary have published a Resource Pack which is full of information and ideas. It is aimed at public library staff but designed to be shared with all frontline staff & volunteers.



The Information for Wellbeing Course trains staff in their capacity to provide information for wellbeing services. It is available to all library and third sector staff.

The course is a partnership initiative between the Scottish Library and Information Council, the ALLIANCE and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre


The Open University has made a number of courses free to support learning.