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Online Learning

Whether we are providing online software for mastering a language or polishing your career skills or directing you to the best free online courses, BCPL wants to help you explore online learning opportunities that can help you achieve your education, career, and personal goals!

Featured BCPL Resources


ABCmouse.com for Libraries

ABCmouse is an exciting new online educational resource for children ages 2 to 7. The site features a wide variety of lessons and learning activities, including books, videos, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, printables, and more. You can access ABCmouse for free at all BCPL locations!

DMV Practice Tests

DMV Practice Tests

State-specific resources, presented in partnership with Driving-Tests.org. Includes both current manuals and multiple practice tests for standard vehicles, motorcycles, and CDL.
Hobbie & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Get how-to instructions and ideas for a variety of hobbies, crafts, and recreation activities via books, articles, video tutorials, recipes, and more. Learn everything from origami to wine and beer making. Subjects include arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids’ crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts.
LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library

Offers practice tests, e-books, and skill-building courses for students and adult learners. Many courses are available in Spanish.Includes specialized learning centers for different interests and age groups, including:

Adult Learning Center - Improve your skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Career Center - Prepare for an occupational exam, build workplace skills, and more.
School Center - Test preparation and tutorials for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Computer Skills - Enjoy video courses on topics ranging from computer maintenance and internet safety to popular software programs like Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop.



Lynda is a premier online learning resource with more than 13,000 tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it's easy to squeeze in just a few minutes of learning a day if that's all the time you have. To get started, you just need your BCPL card number and PIN.
Mango Languages logo

Mango Languages

Learn a language!
Includes Portuguese, Japanese, German, Greek, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, ESL (Spanish, Polish, Portuguese), and more.

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Treehouse is an online video and interactive learning platform that specializes in teaching people of all ages how to design and develop websites and mobile apps. Tracks include web development, web design, iOs and Android app development, WordPress development and design, game development, and various programming languages, including HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby. Courses are taught through short videos, with quizzes, code challenges, and other activities to help reinforce new skills and concepts.

Interested in learning to code or exploring the other courses offered via Treehouse? E-mail treehouse@bcplib.org to request access. Be sure to provide your full name and library card number for verification.

College Courses & Lectures

First-rate college instituions like MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and others offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for students and adult learners. The courses aren't for college credit, but they are a great way to prepare for a return to school, to supplement traditional education, or to just explore in-depth a topic you are passionate about with the guidance of highly qualified instructors.

coursera logo Coursera  Provides free online courses in the fields of Computer Science; Medicine and Biology; Humanities and Social Science; Mathematics and Statistics; and Economic, Finance and Business. Participating instituions include Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, the National Geographic Society, Princeton, Yale, and several other universities across the globe.
edX logo edX – edX offers over 650 courses in computer science, the humanities, and math, with over 1,700 faculty and staff from the likes of Harvard, MIT, Berkley, Caltech, and the Sorbonne teaching and discussing topics online. Began as collaboration between Harvard and MIT to bring some of their signature courses to anyone with a computer.
JHSPH OPen' JHSPH OpenCourseWare  Courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; includes topics such as Aging, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Mental Health, and Nutrition.
MIT OpenCourseWare logo MIT OpenCourseWare – Access materials from over 2,000 courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including courses in Technology, Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Law.
Open Learning Initiative logo Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon)  – Combines high-quality lectures with research and continuous feedback. Classes are self-guided so you can learn at your own pace. Topics include Biology, Chemistry, French, Physics, Probability, and Statistics.
Open Yale Courses logo Open Yale Courses - Provides free access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats.
Princeton Media Central Princeton Media Central – Videos of lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including business, government, history, literature, mathematics, physics, and more.
SEE Stanford Engineering Everywhere (S.E.E.) – Take some of Stanford’s most popular engineering courses including iPhone App Development to Artificial Intelligence: Intro to Robotics.
Tufts OpenCourseWare Tufts OpenCourseWare – Classes focus on the Life Sciences and related disciplines.

More Online Learning Opportunities

Code Academy Code Academy  Uses simple exercises to build programming and Web development skills. Courses include Make a Website, Make an Interactive Website, and languge courses in HTML & CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and more.
GCF Learn Free GCF LearnFree.org – Learn how to perform basic Everyday Life Skills like banking, filling out a time sheet, paying bills, making sense of food labels, or reading a map; explore the basics of a variety of Social Media platforms or Cloud Computing; build Workplace Skills; and more.
KET Fast Forward KET Fast Forward – An innovative, multi-platform learning system created by KET to help students get ahead. Covered topics include writing, literature and poetry, history, economics, civics and government, life sciences, data analysis, and more.
Khan Academy Khan Academy – Over 3,200 videos that cover topics ranging from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. Learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
TedEd TED – Enjoy short, entertaining, educational videos on topics ranging from quantum physics to gaming theory to music videos. For a more engaged learning experience, try TEDEd, which features short lessons from educators brought to life by animators. In addition to the video lessons, TEDEd allows you to take short quizzes on the subject, find resources for further study, and join guided discussions. You can track your progress and “flip” lessons to customize them. 

last updated 7/13/2017