Free Instructor-Led Online Classes

Rodman Library offers interactive, instructor-led courses that can be taken entirely online. It’s through a program called Gale Courses that supports lifelong learning and continuing education. This program is free, with unlimited usage to library patrons, and can be found as a link on the library’s career page at

Courses run for six weeks and library patrons can communicate with the instructor as well as other participants, with quizzes, assignments, and a certificate of completion as part of the course. Computer and Technical, Careers and Professional, Writing and Publishing, and Personal Development (such as Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business) are among the groups of classes available to patrons.

Gale Courses home page

Courses can be accessed at home or on public library computers, but participants need to have an active library card.

To enroll in a class,

  1. Find the course by browsing through the categories on the left of your screen or by using the search bar. Click "Enroll Now" next to the course of your choice.
  2. Select the course start date and click "Continue”.
  3. Create a free Gale Course account by entering your email address in the new student area and click “Create Account”.
  4. Enter your library barcode in the box labeled “Submit”, then click “Use Library Card” to complete your enrollment.

Students who have enrolled in a course must log in and view lessons one and two within 13 days after the start date of the course, or they will be automatically dropped, but will be able to enroll in the course during a later session.

For more information on this or other programs offered at Rodman Library, call 330-821-2665, option 5.