By Mike Gleason/Daily News staff:

The town library has joined a service that allows it to offer free online courses to its patrons.

Library Director Matthew Bachtold said the library started the service, called "UniversalClass" in mid-February.

"We're trying to branch out into more online accessible things that people can do from home," he said. "Last year, we started offering online language instruction courses through Byki, which stands for 'Before You Know It.'"

The success of that program, he said, led the library to consider further online offerings.

"The biggest issue we have is space limitations," Bachtold said. "We wouldn't have room on our shelves for 500 textbooks, but we can offer 500 courses through this service."

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