WAUSAU — Wisconsin Valley Library Service now offers online courses, Gale Courses, to area public libraries.

Residents in Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida and Taylor counties will have access to over 375 online, instructor-led courses starting on Nov. 1.

Gale, a Cengage Co., who has partnered with libraries for over 60 years, provides six-week long online courses taught by college instructors who are experts in their field. Library card holders will be able to take these courses at no cost by accessing them through their library’s website.

“We are very excited to offer hundreds of courses to public library users,” said Marla Sepnafski, director of Wisconsin Valley Library Service, in a news release. “With Gale Courses, library users will be able to learn about all types of topics and subjects.”

The courses, which start every month, cover such topics as accounting, business and finance, health and wellness, computer programming, GED preparation and foreign languages. Participants are given an award of completion once the course is passed. Coursework can be completed at public library computers or at home computers.

The access to Gale Courses is possible by the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, a state-funded organization that supports 36 public libraries in the counties of Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida and Taylor.

For more information on Gale Courses at your public library, visit education.gale.com/l-wvalley/ or contact Jamie Matczak at 920-455-0668.