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If you are looking to get ahead at work or at school, interested in learning something new or brushing up on your existing skills, the Free Library is pleased to offer you access to Universal Class

Universal Class is an online learning platform that allows you to take courses at your own pace while you interact with a live instructor via email.  Take a look at this a quick video tutorial and our FAQs to get started.


Universal Class Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of classes can I take through Universal Class?
Universal Class offers more than 500 online non-college credit Continuing Education courses in topics like Accounting and Bookkeeping, Business, Entrepreneurship, Office Skills, Alternative Medicine, Parenting and Family, Performing Arts, Career Training, Personal Care, Pet and Animal Care, Computers and Technology, Psychology, Cooking, Real Estate, Financial Management, Religious Studies, Science, Self-Help, Homeschooling, GED Preparation, Mathematics, Language Arts & Writing, Medical Billing and Coding, and more.

What do I need to get started?
You will need to create an account with a valid e-mail address the first time you login to Universal Class.

How many classes can I take?
You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses at a time.

How long do I have to complete each course?
You may take up to 6 months to finish each course.

When will I find the time to take an online course?
You will have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet, so you can attend class and do assignments on your schedule.

I can access class materials for tons of courses online already. What make Universal Class different?
Universal Class does more than just give you access to the course materials. Unlike many other online courses, with Universal Class you can interact with a real instructor using e-mail.

How do I know these instructors know what they're talking about?
Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

Wow! Universal Class is accredited. Does that mean I can get college credit for these course?
Unfortunately, these are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.

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Fri, January 03, 2014
Keep getting an authentication error (error code 95820) when I try to log in to the Universal Class site from here. Any suggestions?
Betty Seymour - Philadelphia
Sun, January 05, 2014
Hi Betty - while I cannot replicate the error you mention, see if you have better luck logging from the link to Universal Class on our database page -
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tue, April 15, 2014
Is it the yearly subscription or individual courses?
Pamela THomason - Port Orange
Tue, April 15, 2014
Hello Pamela - the Free Library has an institutional subscription to Universal Class so it's a little different than what you might be familiar with from their commercial offers or what other institutions have. However, if you have a Free Library card, you can take up to 5 courses at a time. The courses are self-paced, so as soon as you are finished one you can sign up for another. There is no yearly limit. If you need more individualized help please send us an email using the 'Contact Us' link at the top right of this page. Thank you!
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Thu, April 24, 2014
i am needing free ged classes online and when i put in my library card it won't let me sign in
mendy gustafson - Colorado
Fri, April 25, 2014
Hello Mendy - We can definitely help you with this but we will need more information. Please contact us directly by sending an email so one of our librarians can work with you. Here is the contact us link -
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Fri, June 27, 2014
Fri, June 27, 2014 Since I'm out-of-state, I can pay for my library card and then take UC courses? Pamela-Florida
Pamela - Florida
Mon, July 07, 2014
Hello Pamela - if you have a Free Library of Philadelphia library card, you can use all of our resources. See our library card policies here:
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tue, November 11, 2014
How exciting! Is this opportunity still available?
Eliana Green - New York City
Wed, November 12, 2014
Hi Eliana - yes! Just go to our Online Learning Portal ( and click on Universal Class to get started. You'll need your library card number and PIN to get started.
Jamie W - Philadelphia, PA
Wed, May 20, 2015
How long usually take any of the courses you offer? Is there any other fees involved like books?
auri - Florida
Wed, May 20, 2015
Hello Auri - There are no fees associated with Universal Class - all costs are paid by the library and are a benefit of your Free Library of Philadelphia card. However, some courses do recommend additional reading or books but they are always optional. Any materials you really need to complete the course are included (usually as ebooks or linked PDFs).
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Fri, November 20, 2015
Study free class
sajjad ali - kargil
Tue, February 09, 2016
Is this still available? Seems like a good one!
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