Online Courses

Rideau Lakes Public Library has partnered with Contact North to make online learning courses available at your local library. Through Contact North you can access thousands of courses at all skill levels. We offer computer workstations at all branches and a quiet work environment for study.

What is Contact North? 

Contact North | Contact Nord works in partnership with Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and over 250 public essential skills and training providers to increase and improve online and distance learning opportunities for Ontarians in over 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities across the province.

Career Introduction Courses
• Accounting
• Medical Terminology & Body Systems
• Career Explorations
• Culinary Arts
• Essential Career Skills
• Health Science
• Introduction to Social Media
• Hospitality & Tourism
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Website Creation as a Career

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These courses are free with anytime start!

Barb Matthews

Here is a link to some great free courses being offered by Ontario Tech university. Click here for more information. If you are interested, please contact Barb Matthews to register.

Hone your WRITING SKILLS A variety of writing courses – Do you have an interest in improving
your wordsmithing skills, storytelling, fiction or non-fiction writing? Are you an amateur writer who wants to become better at your craft? Are you an experienced writer who wants to expand your abilities?
There are many online opportunities to choose from. Click here for more information

Become a COVID-19 CONTACT TRACER The Ontario government announced it is hiring nearly 600 more contact tracers and case managers to help track, trace and isolate new cases of COVID-19 across the province. Click here for more information

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all – BE THE CHANGE! Learn about current thinking and best practices on essential topics such as: bias in all of its forms, cultural competence, communication, allyship, and accountability. Click here for more information

You’re more creative THAN YOU THINK! Keep your hands active and your mind engaged! Did you know that you can access 1000’s of creative video classes,24/7? Click here for more information. Classes include the following topics: Art & Design ;  Crochet ; Food & Home ; Holiday & Party ; Jewelry ; Kids ; Knitting etc.

Did you know that you can have access to FREE online language courses, right here in your community? Register today to take an unlimited number of courses, available 24/7 and accessible on any desktop or mobile device. Click here for more information.

Connect to professional and CAREER DEVELOPMENT Discover the exciting learning opportunities being offered. Your library membership gives you access to the free 6-week online professional development Gale courses.
• Enroll in as many courses as you want
• Courses consist of two lessons per week Click here for more information.

Free online – MINI-COURSES Lambton College is offering 23 general interest mini-courses, free! Click here to see some of the available courses.

The Contact North staff are in home offices across Ontario and available by phone, e-mail, Zoom, text messaging and Facebook Messenger to help with your online learning needs. Contact Barb at 613-363-7430 or e-mail to find out how to learn from the comfort of your home.

It is a good time to focus on something else besides the news.   We have access to hundreds of free online courses and our online high schools also continue to accept registrations.  Colleges offering online programs are preparing for Fall registrations.”

Learn a new language for free. There are 70 languages to choose from,  24/7 access and no deadlines, click here for more details (PDF)

Examples of courses and skills development:

  • Computer use essential skills
  • Literacy
  • Diabetes and diet
  • Introduction to WHMIS
  • Introduction to Food Safety
  • Introduction to Smart Serve
  • Be your own Boss
  • Customer Service
  • High school and GED
  • Office administration

**Many literacy, basic skills and GED courses are available free of charge.

If you would like more information or are looking to register, contact toll free:

855-353-2642 or email