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Learn a Language

High Life Highland Libraries offer a wide variety of materials to help you learn a new including language. We have a range of dictionaries, Online language learning resources, language books and packs, and language courses on CD or Cassette.

Language Packs – browse Highland Libraries collection of language learning packs.

Transparent Language Online – the ultimate language-learning system offering something for every language learner – over 100 languages, English materials for speakers of 25+ languages, Intermediate English for everyone and 10 non-English pairs. Click here to sign up with your library barcode.


World newspapers and magazines

Read quality newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 57 languages FREE with PressReader. There are nearly 2,200 titles to choose from. Click here to login with your library card number and PIN.

Learning Scottish Gaelic

Gaelic language books – browse Scottish Gaelic language books on the library catalogue.

LearnGaelic – a first-stop for anyone and everyone interested in learning Scottish Gaelic. 

Inverness College English language programmes – Inverness College ESOL and Language Department offers a range of courses to help you learn and improve your English while making the most of your time in Scotland.

UHI Gaelic medium studies – information about Gaelic medium courses at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Filter by subject area to ‘Gaelic medium studies’ on the courses page.

Learning English

Highland ESOL Providers
Find English classes in your area. The ‘Highland ESOL Providers’ organise English language (ESOL) classes in the Highlands and Moray. We are a group of people working in different colleges, community and public organisations. We offer quality ESOL classes with opportunities to join the best class for you.

Transparent Language Online –  includes English materials for speakers of 25+ languages, Intermediate English for everyone and 10 non-English pairs. Click here to sign up with your library barcode.

Here you will find up-to-date online resources including comprehensive subject guides, quotations, English language reference and bilingual dictionaries. Login with your library card number.

View by subject:  Bilingual Dictionaries  | English Dictionaries and Thesauri |  English Language Reference | Linguistics

Materials in other languages

Adult Fiction books – available in Polish, RussianLatvianFrench and other languages. Please see our library catalogue advanced search to browse titles in other languages.

If you would like books in other languages, or further information about our services, please contact your nearest library, or Email [email protected]

BBC Languages
Learn languages in your own time and have fun.

Useful Shelfmarks in Languages

400 Language 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
410 Linguistics 460 Spanish, Portuguese, Galician
420 English & Old English languages 470 Latin & Italic languages
430 German & related languages 480 Classical & modern Greek languages
440 French & related languages 491.63 Scottish Gaelic.

British Citizenship

Life in Great Britain – you can now study for the UK Citizenship test online.  You will need your library card number to sign up for this free resource.

British citizenship – GOV.UK – official government information on becoming a citizen, Life in the UK test and getting a passport.