Howard County Library System
Online Education and Career Courses

Free, on demand, self-directed education at your fingertips.

Gale Courses
More than 300 six-week career education courses, including:
  • Courses to support business professionals, such as business law, human resources, management, manufacturing, and marketing.
  • Computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced.
  • Courses in parenting, the arts, hobbies.
  • A multitude of health and wellness offerings.
See the course catalog.

Learn a Language

Learn a new language with Mango Languages. Mango provides adult level language instruction in up to 45 different languages and training for individuals in need of English as a second language instruction for 15 separate languages. For youth, use Little Pim, which is designed for language instruction in 15 different languages for children up to age 6.

Download apps for iPhone and Android systems. 

Language Learning for Children
Developed by the BBC and published by Early Advantage, MUZZY Online creates a total learning environment using a unique multimedia mix of stories, songs, and interactive activities that immerses the child in a second language. MUZZY Online is currently available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and English.

Permit Practice Tests for Drivers

Prepare to take the Maryland driving tests with this series of free, online tests from  Including:

  • 11 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 1 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice test
  • 2 online driver’s manuals (car and motorcycle)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.


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