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Learning never gets old at BCPL! Whether you want to brush up your knowledge for a return to school or are a lifelong learner who's always looking to explore something new, we can help you find the tools you need to achieve your education, career, and personal goals.

Online Learning through BCPL

Your BCPL library card grants you access to several subscription-based sites for online learning. Take advantage of these great websites from home or here at the library!


  • ArtistWorks

    Learn from a Grammy winner! ArtistWorks offers instrumental and voice lessons from world-class professionals covering Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Country, Jazz, Rock, and more. From beginner instruction to advanced classes, aspiring musicians of all skills levels are provided a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals.

  • Creativebug

    Find inspiration and instruction with video classes taught by recognized artists, crafters, designers, and makers! With over 1,000 delectable, quick classes and in-depth workshops, Creativebug is the perfect creative companion for those who like to mix imagination and step-by-step DIY instruction. Explore art, knitting, jewelry making, cooking, home décor, holiday crafts, projects for kids, and more.

  • Kanopy

    Kanopy offers a unique and extensive collection of indie flicks, world cinema, classic films, and award-winning documentaries. Plus, enjoy celebrated educational series like NOVA, Ken Burns America, and The Great Courses and explore educational videos covering Business Skills, Dance, Engineering, History, Photography, Religion & Philosophy, Sports & Fitness, and more. Instructional video topics range from refrigeration and air conditioning to first aid and therapeutic massage. There are even curated collections for educators and students that provide lessons in mathematics, languages (including ESL), and science!

  • LearningExpress Library

    Offers practice tests, e-books, and skill-building courses for students and adult learners. Includes specialized learning centers for different interests and age groups cover learning topics like skills improvement in reading, writing, and mathematics; occupational exams and workplace skills; test preparation and study courses for elementary, middle, and high school students; and instructional videos for computer skills ranging from security to Photoshop. Many courses are available in Spanish.

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Great Courses Series

These recorded lectures hail from respected scholars and are designed for high school students, college students, and lifelong learners.

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BCPL offers over 50 Great Courses kits for checkout, including:

The Art of Conflict Management
The Art of Teaching
A Brief History of the World
Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear
The Everyday Guide to Wine
How to Stay Fit as You Age
Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics
The Medieval World
Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive
Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory
Understanding the Universe

College Courses & Lectures

First-rate college institutions 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

    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 institutions include Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, the National Geographic Society, Princeton, Yale, and several other universities across the globe.

  • 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 OpenCourseWare

    JHSPH OpenCourseWare contains courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; includes topics such as Aging, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Mental Health, and Nutrition.

  • 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 (Carnegie Mellon)

    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

    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.

  • Stanford Engineering Everywhere

    Stanford Engineering Everywhere (S.E.E.) offers 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

    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 LearnFree.org

    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. Also includes a number of computing tracks, including Hour of Code programs. 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 […]