Bloomingdale Library offers access to online classes

By Courtney Cosgiff
Bloomingdale Public Library
Updated 6/1/2015 9:16 AM

Bloomingdale Public Library patrons will be able to take classes on a variety of subjects online now that the library has contracted for Gale Courses, part of Cengage Learning. Through this program, Bloomingdale residents can access instructor-led courses through the library website at

"Part of our mission … is to inspire and support lifelong learning in our community," said Julie Keating, head of the library's Adult Services Department. "Bloomingdale residents are now able to enroll in continuing education courses covering a wide range of topics. Whether someone is interested in computer skills, digital photography, genealogy, web design or health topics, the course catalog offers something for everyone."


Gale Courses offer patrons access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering topics including health and wellness, creative writing, computer programming and GED test preparation. Gale Courses are developed by expert instructors, many of whom are working at universities around the country, and have continuous enrollment dates.

Bloomingdale Public Library cardholders can enroll at no cost. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly (for a total of 12), and new sessions beginning every month. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A professional instructor coordinates every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.

Bloomingdale residents can enroll and participate in courses from library computers or remotely from home computers. Students receive a certificate of completion upon finishing a course.

To learn about the online learning opportunities available through the library, visit, or call the Reference Desk at (630) 924-2730.