The Great Courses | City of Longmont, Colorado

The Great Courses is one of the premier learning series in the world, and it is THE preeminent learning series if you want high quality instruction from the very best in their fields.  Partnering with prestigious organizations including National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institutes, and the Mayo Clinic, the series features engaging and understandable lectures by esteemed professors, professionals, and experts. These courses are available for purchase online, ranging in price from $35.00 to hundreds of dollars per series, but they are FREE at the Library.

The Great Courses Lecture Topics

  • Better Living:  Food & Wine; Health, Fitness, & Nutrition; Hobby & Leisure; Personal Development; Travel; Parenting; Crafts & Woodworking
  • Economics & Finance
  • Fine Arts:  Art History; Studio Art
  • High School: History; Math; Science; Study Skills; Critical Thinking Skills; Reading & Writing
  • History: American History; Ancient History – Classical or World; Civilization & Culture; Medieval History;  Modern World History; Renaissance & Early Modern History; Military History
  • Language Learning: Spanish, French, Latin, Greek, & English Grammar
  • Literature & Language:  Ancient Literature & Mythology; American Literature; British Literature; Linguistics; World Literature; Writing; Genre; Literary Surveys
  • Mathematics:  Applied Mathematics; History of Mathematics; Mathematical Theory
  • Music:  Classical Music; Modern Music; Musical Theory
  • Philosophy & Intellectual History:  Ancient Philosophy; Intellectual History; Medieval Philosophy; Modern Philosophy
  • Professional:  Business; Communication Skills; Education; Leadership Skills; Thinking Skills
  • Religion: Biblical Studies; Christianity; Comparative; Eastern & World Religions; Judaism; Medieval Philosophy
  • Science: Astronomy & Space; Biology; Earth Sciences; Engineering & Technology; History and Philosophy of Science; Medicine; Neuroscience & Psychology; Physics & Chemistry; Social Sciences

The Great Courses at the Library – Two Ways to Learn:

1. Streaming on Your Computer or Mobile Device

To stream any of The Great Courses’ most popular classes — more than 150 in all — you only need two things to Stream Great Courses on Libby:

  1. Either download the Libby app (best for all mobile devices) or go to the Libby website (best for desktop users) to sign up
  2. You will need to provide a Longmont Library Card number

Read these easy instructions to use the Libby app

  • A free Libby account
    • Libby is the same company that provides eMagazines and some eBooks and eAudiobooks to our library patrons, so you might already have an account. Don’t have an Libby account? 
  • WiFi or internet connection
    • This is a streaming service only; the programs are NOT available for download to watch at a later time.  You must be connected to WiFi or the internet to watch these programs.

See the full class list here 

download and print a flyer to share with friends 


You will need to login to your Libby account before you can check out any materials

You will need to login to your Libby account before you can check out any materials


2. Using DVDs or CDs

The Library has an extensive collection of The Great Courses lecture series available for check out.  With dozens of lecture titles on all the major topics listed above, there is truly something for anyone with a curious mind.


Questions or comments?

Stop by the 2nd Floor Information desk, call (303) 651-8472, or email library staff..