Niche Academy

Niche Academy is an online learning platform that gives Beaman Public Library patrons access to ready-to-use tutorials for common library services like OverDrive/Libby, Freegal, Mango and Tumble Books. We have included research database tutorials for Novelist, NewsBank, Gale eReference books, as well as tutorials for social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, GoodReads and Snapchat. Also included are basic computer or email instruction. Tutorials for employment seekers are also available.

We hope you find these tutorials useful. If there are others you would like to see if we have, let us know. 


Learn technology online with these self-paced tutorials and web-based classes:

  • Goodwill Community Foundation's Learn Free offers more than 90 online tutorials to teach essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century.
  • The Public Library Association's includes lessons to help you better understand today's technology.
  • provides free courses for over 60 of today's hottest websites and apps. Learn how to use social networking, shopping, educational and entertainment websites, as well as tools to help you navigate life, such as Google Maps, PayPal, Uber or DropBox. See the full list of courses here.


Computer Basics




Job Search

Mobile Devices

Microsoft Office Tutorials

Operating Systems

Social Media Apps


Site Search

MOOCs for Adults

MOOCs are massive open online courses usually available for free. Feed your mind!

Coursera - founded by Stanford University professors offers courses in business, computer science, engineering, humanities, mathematics, medicine, physical sciences, social sciences and other subjects

ed2go - Centage Learning’s ed2go provide online continuing education courses that are easy to use through a network of over 2,100 top colleges and universities.

edX - EdX, developed by MIT and Harvard includes business, economics, electronics, engineering, finance, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, the sciences, statistics and more.

Future Learn from the BBC and universities in the United Kingdom offeris a diverse selection of courses.

iWonder is the BBC's new factual and educational site, and it's all about feeding your curiosity.

Udacity - Offers online courses developed and taught by experts at leading tech companies.

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