The Great Courses


You can now access The Great Courses via streaming video through our RBdigital collection!

  • Over 150 courses, including, Fundamentals of Photography, Techniques for Retraining Your Brain, Great Meals in Less Time, Yoga for Healthy Mind and Body, and Writing Great Fiction
  • Distinguished instructors you don't normally have access to, such as celebrated astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and National Geographic's master photographer Joel Satrore.
  • New courses added every month.

Stream The Great Courses as much as you want, for FREE – anytime, anywhere:

Phone or tablet

  • Go to Des Moines Public Library's RBdigital collection to set up an account before using the app.
  • Download the mobile app, and sign in.
  • Once the app is open, select the Menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Select Entertainment and tap The Great Courses.
  • Tap Access to checkout a 7-day access pass.
  • The Great Courses will open in your mobile browser.

Get it on Google Play

Available at Amazon appstore

Computer / web browser:

  • Go to Des Moines Public Library's RBdigital collection to set up an account or sign in.
  • Once logged in, select the Menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Choose Entertainment and tap The Great Courses.
  • Tap Access to checkout a 7-day access pass.
  • The Great Courses will open in your browser.

Borrowing Policies:

  • You must be a resident of Des Moines or rural Polk County to access Acorn TV.
  • Access to The Great Courses is provided in 7 day licensing increments through the Des Moines Public Library's RBdigital collection.
  • When your license expires, return to RBdigital to check out another. Your viewing history and preferences will be saved.
  • Borrowers may have up to three RBdigital streaming licenses per 7 days. Products include: AcornTV, The Great Courses, Pongalo, Stingray Qello, & IndieFlix.