Lynda is one of the biggest online learning platforms on the planet. However, to access its vast library of learning videos, you will need an account. And as you probably already know, Lynda accounts aren’t free. They cost $29.99 per month, per user. So it makes sense trying to find a way to use this incredibly useful service without having to fork out all that money. The solution? Public libraries.
You can get free access by signing up for a Lynda account through your local library. There are other tools you can access for free through your local library such as 3D printers, Ancestry.com, video streaming, and more. But for now, let’s focus on Lynda, which is now called LinkedIn Learning.
Once you have a Lynda account, you’ll be able to access over 13,000 expert led courses. You can join and watch as many courses as you want. There are courses available in Spanish, German, French, Japanese, apart from English, of course. You can watch learning videos at anytime on your computer or phone, even when you’re offline. And you’ll also earn certificates when you complete each course.
How to Login to Lynda.com For Free
Many schools and companies pay for LinkedIn Learning so that students and employees can continue their learning of important skills. If you’re a student, you can check to see if your school can hook you up. And if you’re not a student, you can check with your HR department to see if your company offers access to services such as Lynda.com.
If you had no luck at school or at work, then your local library may be your last and only chance to get access to the learning platform for free.
Here’s what you need to do now:
The easiest way to find out if your local library offers free Lynda access is to search the name of the library and the term “Lynda” on any search engine. You can also go to the library’s official website and search for “Lynda” in the site’s search bar.
Once you find out which library offers free Lynda access, you can sign up for an account. But you’ll probably need a library card for this to work. If you already have one, hit up your local public library to create an account and use LinkedIn Learning for free.
Go to your local library and ask for a computer. Search for Lynda and click “Sign Up” when you find the appropriate links. Go through the sign-up process and then bookmark your access page so you can easily access your account.
You can also sign up from home by going to Lynda.com and clicking on the Sign In button and then clicking on the link that says “Sign in with your organization portal.”
Now you must enter your organization’s URL to open your library’s login page. Once you’re on the account access page, enter your library card number and your pin to sign in.
If it’s your first time logging in, you must fill out your profile with basic information such as your name, email, etc.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have access to all LinkedIn Learning videos and courses, and next time you log in, your library’s sign-in page should open automatically.
You can also download the Lynda app for mobile to access your favorite courses on the go. So if your library lets you login via the Android or iOS app, tap on the Organization tab, then scroll down to where it says Web Portal, enter your organization’s URL there, and then tap on the Log In button to access your account.
Now browse and join as many courses as you want. Happy learning!