New Online Learning Tools

We’re pleased to announce we have expanded our current online research and services collection with the recent addition of Recorded Books’ Signing Savvy, Transparent Languages Online, and Universal Class! These services are now available to card-holding Bristol residents through the library’s website.  (Some of you may remember Universal Class from the public trial we held in January).

Signing Savvy is an online American Sign Language resource providing access to a constantly expanding dictionary of thousands of high-resolution videos of common signs and finger-spelled words and phrases. Other features include sign descriptions, memory aids, full screen videos, printable signs, flash cards and quizzes, word list sharing, a phrase builder, social networking, and a mobile app.

Transparent Languages Online gives web access to learn more than eighty different languages. This program uses a guided learning experience to give a good start to each learner and exposes learners to the language through classic learning exercises, games, and cultural and social connections.

Universal Class offers over five hundred online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with continuous remote access allowing learners to study on their own schedule. Assignments are graded by certified instructors. Feedback and discussion with other students and instructors is conducted via email or chat.

These services are accessible at the library, through a home computer, and/or smartphone applications with a valid Bristol library card. To access them, visit and select your service of choice. If outside the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card for verification before creating a username and password.

For more information regarding online services, please contact Reference at 860-584-7787 x2017. We’re very excited to offer these services to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with them!

We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30