Hays Public Library will offer a new service, Universal Class, starting June 1. Universal Class provides online continuing education courses. There are more than 600 courses offered on Universal Class.

Marleah Augustine, adult department librarian, said patrons will have the opportunity to learn about hundreds of topics.

“The classes can be used for either professional or personal benefit,” she said.

Areas of study that can enhance professional skills include computer training, office skills and entrepreneurship. Patrons can also complete classes that focus on crafts and hobbies, home and garden, and arts and photography.

“Lessons are taught by experts,” Augustine said. “You can be sure you are getting accurate information.”

Each class includes lessons, exams, assignments and discussion boards. All courses are authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. Patrons can earn a Continuing Education Unit certificate for completing each course with a 70 percent or higher.

One class Augustine is excited about is the GED training.

“A lot of patrons come in looking for those (GED) resources,” she said.

Hays Public Library patrons can take up to five courses at one time, with no limit on total number of courses taken. Universal Class will be available at www.hayspublib.org.

All you need is a Hays Public Library card to access the free service.