Special Interest


Online College Courses is a database of open courseware from the world’s leading universities. The site allows anyone interested in these courses to create their own course list and the ability to track their progress; it provides students with access to free, high-quality, college-level classes, across many subjects giving them the opportunity to explore different areas of study to supplement their education. It is noncommercial and available for anyone, there are no involved costs, and will be updated yearly.

The link to Online College Courses is www.OnlineCourses.com

Some examples of pages that are available are:


Book Discussion Scheme: The Book Discussion Scheme is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation and a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations (FWEA). Established in 1973, the Book Discussion Scheme modelled itself on a similar membership scheme in Australia (operated by the Victoria Council of Adult Education). The BDS has since developed into a unique organisation and provider of quality books to book lovers throughout New Zealand.

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand A comprehensive guide to New Zealand’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.
Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This 12 lesson course in Latin suitable for people who learned at school and since forgotten it:

Over 90 science programmes and free educational resources for teachers, students and the general public:

A BBC site which helps you to brush up your basic English and maths skills

We have been advised by the Customer Specialist at the Wellington City Libraries of the following website address which may be of interest to you: www.wcl.govt.nz/popular/senior.html

The Modern Antiquarian is a massive resource for news, information, images, folklore & weblinks on many ancient sites across the UK & Ireland.

History Groups: The Old Bailey Online project is complete.
200,000 trials from 1674 to 1913 fully searchable can be found
at  http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/