Online Courses & Training


Brainfuse HelpNow Online Tutoring

On-Demand, anywhere online learning. Patrons access real-time assistance through the intuitive Brainfuse online classroom. Live, 24/7 online tutoring and homework help in every K-12 subject with Brainfuse HelpNow. Brainfuse has provided supplemental educational services for over twenty years, including online homework help, practice tests, study tools, and collaborative tools.  

Brainfuse VetNow

Connect with an expert to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources. Receive live job coaching, real-time interview practice, full-service resume lab, 24/7 access to local job resources and more!

Britannica Escolar

the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.

Britannica School 

the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.

Coursera (Available through September 14, 2024)

Coursera’s mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

Provides learners with access to more than 5,000 courses and certifications led by top businesses, universities, and organizations.
Courses include: English for Business and Entrepreneurship (ESL), Foundations of Public Health Practice, Become an EMT, Bookkeeping Basics, Introduction to Google Docs, Design a Restaurant Menu, Food and Beverage Management, Branding: The Creative Journey.
Contains “Gateway Certification,” a program for people without a college degree and with no experience in the field, built by leading companies such as Google. Facebook, and Salesforce.
Offers subtitles in more than 50 languages

Users can register using their Library card and PIN number. 

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library through September 2024. 


Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Creativebug is a craft education hub where patrons have access to thousands of instructional videos on Art+Design, Sewing, Knitting, Quilting, Food+Home, and more. Experience the joy of making with thousands of award winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. All skill levels and ages welcome!

Tutorials to help you use technology, whether you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a refresher. Learn how to use email, do basic web searches, stay safe online, use facebook, and more!

LinkedIn Learning (Available through September 30, 2024)

LinkedIn Learning for Library provides public library patrons with unlimited, cost-effective access to great content from plus courses offered in many languages. Learn the latest software, creative, and business skills on hundreds of topics. 

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. Resources available through October 2024.

For mobile access to LinkedIn Learning, download the app and when prompted, select Sign with your library card.  Use library ID  ‘alamedafreelibrary’.
Google Play Store (Android)
iOS App Store

Northstar Digital Literacy (Available through September 30, 2024)

The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, offered through the Alameda Free Library, is aimed at helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace. The free set of assessments includes self-guided modules: Essential Computer Skills (Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, Mac OS), Essential Software Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy, and Creative Job Search). Closed-captioning is available and screen readers are supported. 
This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. Resources available through September 2024.

Read It!

Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

Reference Solutions 

Reference Solutions is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States. Reference Solutions helps users of all kinds search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more. For tutorials on this database, click on the Learning Center tab on any Reference Solutions page.

Connect one-on-one with tutors; for grades 4-12 and college intro. Math, Science, English & Social Studies - Spanish language tutors available. Live one-to-one help is available Every day from 1:00pm to 10:00pm PST