The Department of Libraries has signed a contract with Recorded Books to offer Universal Class. All citizens of Vermont who have access to the services of a public library are eligible to use this online learning resource for free in the library or from remote sites.
What is Universal Class? Recorded Books’ Universal Class is an educational service providing high quality online courses for patrons (generally high-school age and older) interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Patrons register online, participate in the classes online at their own pace, correspond with instructors online and have up to six months to complete an individual class. Universal Class supports lifelong learning and enhances not only social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also employability. Class content covers a wide range – from hobbies (arts and crafts, dog training, photography) to job skills (writing improvement, medical billing, computer programming, domestic violence counseling) to education and test prepapration (writing for children, general science, Algebra, Homeschooling Strategies) – and much more! We are now be able to offer more than 500 online courses to patrons – all classes come with continuing education credit. Click here for a complete alphabetical listing of all classes offered.
To sign in you will need your new 14 digit patron number. Please contact us by phone, in person or by email for your number. Then you will be directed to create a user name and password, which you will use for future log ins.
When you are registering it is important to use this link which asks for your patron number before getting to the page where you create your user name and password. If you log in and see prices listed for the classes, you have bypassed registration page for the Vermont Department of Libraries, which enables you to take all these clsses free of charge.