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The Great Courses: University-Level Classes online

The Great Courses

With hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, and more, The Great Courses Library Collection has courses on how to do it, how to learn it, or how it happened, taught by the top 1% of university professors and experts from the Ivy League and other renowned schools and institutions. 

The Great Courses classes are now also available through WVDeli. Log in with your Ohio County Public Library card number and PIN to start learning! When you access The Great Courses through WVDeli, you will have access to all of the classes available for one week. Each weekly access counts as one checkout of your ten allotted checkouts through WVDeli. 

➤ Get a one-week pass for The Great Courses classes available through WVDeli
➤ View our Getting Started with WVDeli page

Some of The Great Courses classes are now also available through Hoopla. Audio-only courses count as one check out on Hoopla. However,  each episode of a video course counts as one checkout. OCPL patrons are allowed 10 Hoopla checkouts per month. 

 View The Great Courses classes available through Hoopla (audio only)
View The Great Courses classes available through Hoopla (video only)

Transparent Language Online: Online language learning

Transparent LanguageTransparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.

Over 100 Languages (and Growing!): From Afrikaans to Zulu (and French, Russian, and Chinese in between), the number of languages available is constantly growing. Transparent Language’s proprietary EveryVoice™ technology speech-enables classic learning activities like Multiple Choice and Pronunciation Practice, allowing you to compare your pronunciation to that of a native speaker.

NOTE: The first time you use Transparent Language, you will need to provide your library card number and create an account. You can do so by selecting the "Sign Up" tab on the homepage or from the Transpapapp (for iPhones: App Store | for Android phones: Google Play). Registration to Transparent Language requires an email address and an Ohio County Public Library card.

Start learning with Transparent Language Online today! 

ArtistWorks: Free Online Music Instruction

ArtistWorksArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from introduction to advanced performance. Students now have access to this kind of instruction, regardless of reductions/eliminations of school music programs and without the high cost of private instruction.

  • Beginner to advanced music instruction for the most popular string and band instruments
  • Professional musicians provide instruction
  • Art and voice classes also included

ArtistWorks for Libraries is now available through WVDeli. Log in with your Ohio County Public Library card number and PIN to start learning! When you access ArtistWorks through WVDeli, you will have access to all of the classes available for one month. Each monthly access counts as one checkout of your ten allotted checkouts through WVDeli. 

Get a one-month pass for ArtistWorks through WVDeli
➤ View our Getting Started with WVDeli page

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Khan Academy: Free online courses

Khan Academy Kids

Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons allow you to take courses in arts & humanities, economics & finance, science & engineering, math, computing, and more.

Practice at your own pace, first filling in gaps in your understanding and then accelerating your learning. Brush up on old skills or learn something new. 

Sign up at Khan Academy today for free!

LearningExpress Library™: Adult Core Skills and Computer Skills Center

LearningExpress LibraryBuild your math skills, become a better reader, improve Your writing, speaking, and grammar, or learn how to become a U.S. citizen through the "Adult Core Skills" module. Or learn popular software and computer basics, like mastering Windows 10 or Microsoft Office, or how to use email or social media, in the "Computer Skills Center."

NOTE: LearningExpress Library is an offering of the West Virginia Library Association (WVLA). Thanks to the WVLA, LearningExpress Library is free for all West Virginians, though you will have to register with an email address and create a password to access exams and study guides.

Register with LearningExpress Library to get started.

Lunch With Books "From the Vault" & Livestream: OCPL's popular lecture series online

Lunch With Books From the Vault

Lunch with Books is the OCPL's flagship program for adult patrons to bring a bag lunch to the Library and enjoy presentations by authors, poets, historians, musicians, and a more. Since the closing of the Library on March 15, 2020, due to concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, OCPL has moved our lecture series online. Lunch With Books Livestream brings you a brand new program every Tuesday at noon - same Lunch With Books time, different (online) space - while Lunch With Books "From the Vault" features weekly videos of some of our favorite programs from the past.  

Lunch With Books Livestream
Lunch With Books "From the Vault" 
➤ Lunch With Books YouTube Channel

Merck Manuals - medical reference materials onlineMerck Manualsno card needed

The Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Merck Manuals are a comprehensive medical information source covering thousands of topics in all fields of medicine. They are offered as a free public service to health care professionals (medical and veterinary) and the general public. Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news, and more, written in everyday language. 

Access the Merck Manuals now.

NASA at Home: STEM activities online

NASA at Home

NASA at Home brings together a repository of binge-worthy videos and podcasts, engaging E-books on a variety of topics, do-it-yourself projects, and virtual and augmented reality tours.

Become a scientist! NASA suggests becoming a GLOBE Observer, where your observations help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants, and other life in support of climate research. Or help Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 find new brown dwarfs and planets by combing through images by eye to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts.

NASA at Home: Index Page (podcasts, videos, and more)
Become a Scientist: GLOBE Observer
Become a Scientist: Backyard Worlds - Planet 9

WVInfoDepotWVInfoDepot, the West Virginia eLibrary, is an anywhere, anytime library that you can access from your home pc, school library, or mobile device. provides access to millions of magazine and newspaper articles, ebooks, digital images, test preparation, primary source materials, and more. is funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the West Virginia Library Commission. Additional resource funding is provided by the State of West Virginia.

West Virginians can explore online articles and images from popular magazines, scholarly journals, current newspapers, and other reference works through or through their public library website. Some resources listed below may ask you to enter a username and password to continue. You may obtain a username and password by calling the Library at 304-232-0244 (please ask to be connected to the Reference Desk)

To login into password-protected sections of
Call the Library at 304-232-0244 (please ask to be connected to the Reference Desk) to ask for the username and password. 

World Book requires a different login from other WVInfoDepot resources:
Call the Library at 304-232-0244 (please ask to be connected to the Reference Desk) to ask for the World Book username and password. 

LearningExpress Library and Job & Career Accelerator have separate logins. Each user will have to create their own personal user name and password directly on those sites.

Start searching and learning with WVInfoDepot
View a full list of databases available through WVInfoDepot

Explora: Search for source materials for research 

Ebsco ExploraEbsco's Explora provides a starting point for research with a simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents to help successful research. You can also browse by topic: Arts & Literature, Biography, Business & Government, Current Issues, Geography, Health, History, or Science & Math.

NOTE: Explora is an offering of the West Virginia Library Association (WVLA). Access may require the following log in information. 
User Name: west  |  Password: Virginia20!

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