Online Learning

Looking to learn a new language, polish your resume, brush up on your interviewing skills, or for help with homework?  Or would you like learn more about a favorite subject in an in-depth course led by an expert?  These online learning services are available free with your Mahwah library card.

Interested in business and financial resources, scholarly journals and online research?  We have a dedicated section for research databases.

Learn the fundamentals of your computer, the Internet, and popular software applications with these easy-to-follow multimedia tutorials—and take advantage of all that today’s technology has to offer with more than 90 self-paced online tutorials from beginner to advanced levels.

Computer Skills Center works with any modern browser. You will need to create an account through the New Jersey State Library before using this service.

On-Demand Online Learning & Homework Help

Live One-On-One Tutoring and Homework Help

Designed for students, HelpNow offers live, real-time assistance through the intuitive Brainfuse online classroom. Brainfuse tutors are trained to not provide answers, but to help users master a problem’s underlying academic concepts. Brainfuse also offers tutoring and homework help services in Spanish for all subjects offered in English.

Expert Writing Assistance for Every Level

Get help with writing in a way that works for you!  Live writing help lets you work in real-time with a tutor on brainstorming, revising, and editing your writing. Brainfuse’s intensive writing lab allows you to submit a paper to receive instructive and thoughtful analysis in 24 hours.

Academic and standardized test prep

SkillSurfer contains a comprehensive library of proprietary practice tests. When you take a SkillSurfer test, Brainfuse instantly prepares a skill-by-skill learning plan, including recommendations for targeted tutoring to help you succeed! Supported tests include:

    The new SAT
    ACT
    The new GED
    TASC (a GED alternative test)
    HiSet (a GED alternative test)
    ASVAB
    TOEFL
    TOEIC
    US Citizenship Test
    College Placement Test Preparation

HelpNow by Brainfuse is exclusive to Mahwah residents, so have your Mahwah Library card handy to login.

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Skillshare courses are taught by leading creative experts and innovators.

Find what fascinates you with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics like drawing, watercolor, calligraphy, photography, graphic design, illustration, hand lettering, icon design, pattern design, and more. Learn to use popular creative tools like Procreate, Fresco, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Or grow your career or business with classes in entrepreneurship, social media marketing, productivity, and more. With Skillshare, you can learn from masters of their craft who are eager to share their knowledge with you.

The Library provides unlimited access to Skillshare for 14 days, exclusively for Mahwah residents.  Getting started with Skillshare is slightly different than other online services offered by the Library.  To begin, reserve a pass through the link below and we will create an account in your name.  When your account is activated, you will receive an invitation email from “hello@skillshare.com”.  You can now login to Skillshare.com and create your unique profile. (Only login to Skillshare after you receive the invitation from “hello@skillshare.com” otherwise you may be charged for the service.)

After you create your profile, you can access the service at any time by logging into Skillshare.com with your email address and password.  You can login to the website or the mobile app and your progress will be saved after each session.  Skillshare will suggest other courses you may find interesting based on your activity.

After your 14-day checkout period concludes, you will still be able to access some Skillshare’s classes for free.  If you need access to the entire Skillshare library again, simply reserve a pass and we will reactivate your account for an additional 14 days.  Your history and progress is retained so you can always pickup where you left off.

If you need assistance, please contact the Adult Services desk at 201.529.7323, option 3, or via email at info@mahwahlibrary.org.

The Great Courses are a series of college-level lecture courses, perfect for anyone who wants to further their education or take a deep dive into a variety of subjects, at your own pace and based on the topics that interest you.

With over 5,000 videos, you can learn as much as you want to about history, humanities, travel, hobbies, zoology, health, psychology, environment science, literature and the arts to name just a few. View unlimited “The Great Courses” with your Library card.

  • Set up an account on Hoopla with your email and password on the website or on the app. Your library card number is required.
  • After your account is set up, login with your email and password.
  • Click on Browse >>> BingePasses and select The Great Courses, then click on “Borrow” to receive seven days of unlimited access.
  • After clicking on Borrow, you’ll leave hoopla and be securely logged into The Great Courses to borrow your favorite titles.
  • This BingePass is good for 7 days. You can access it at any time during this time by logging into hoopladigital.com and clicking on your “My hoopla” tab and selecting Currently Borrowed.

The Great Courses are a series of college-level lecture courses, perfect for anyone who wants to further their education or take a deep dive into a variety of subjects, at your own pace and based on the topics that interest you.

With over 5,000 videos, you can learn as much as you want to about history, humanities, travel, hobbies, zoology, health, psychology, environment science, literature and the arts to name just a few. View unlimited “The Great Courses” with your Library card.

On Kanopy, all “The Great Courses” videos are not only free but also available on demand: there are no holds, no waiting lists.

The Great Courses are available through Kanopy exclusively to Mahwah residents and may be accessed on your PC, laptop, streamer or device.  Mobile devices use the same apps as Kanopy.  Start by visiting Kanopy and setting up your account using your e-mail address, library card number, and creating a password.

Online Research Tools

Looking for newspaper, magazine, journal articles, scholarly research, business and financial research and more?  Check out the Library’s selection of online research tools!