Gale Courses

Take college-level courses for free with your library card.

With the help of your library card, browse 350+ online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Gale Courses are free for all patrons. Six-week courses allow you to join courses year-round. This is a great way to brush up on your skills or explore an area of interest with no financial obligation!

Categories include:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • College Readiness
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Language and Arts
  • Law and Legal
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing

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Getting Started

  1. Visit the Gale Courses website.
  2. Have your library barcode number nearby. It’s on the back of your card.
    1. If you don’t have a card with us, consider signing up for a Digital Patron account.
  3. Browse or search the Gale Courses catalog to find a course.
  4. Click the Enroll Now button and choose your start date.
  5. Sign in or create a new account to complete your enrollment.
  6. Have questions or need help? Check our Frequently Asked Questions below.


What courses are available?

To see a list of all available courses, click a subject area under the “Browse Catalog” section on the left side of the screen.

Where can I find course descriptions, requirements and other information?

Click a subject area under “Browse Catalog” on the left side of the screen. Select a sub-topic and a course.

How do I enroll in a course?

When you have found a course that you would like to enroll in, click the “Enroll Now” button.  Select the course start date of your choice.  Create an account as a new student or sign in as a returning student.  Once you’ve signed in, complete your enrollment by entering your library card number on the “Submit” webpage.  Remember to access your course as soon as possible after the course start date.

I have enrolled in a course, why can’t I access any course materials?

Course materials are not available until the course start date.

How long are the courses?

Unless otherwise specified, all courses run for six weeks. You will be granted access to two lessons each week for six weeks. Each lesson will be accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz. Some lessons may also include a hands-on assignment. You are expected to try and complete each quiz and assignment within two weeks from when the lesson is released. The course will conclude with a final exam.

What happens if I have a question during class?

Each of the lessons have an interactive discussion area. When you need help with a lesson, all you have to do is post your question in the appropriate course discussion area.  The instructor, his/her teaching assistant or one of your fellow students will respond.

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