One of the major barriers that the financially challenged might have is affording education.
Lynda.com is considered one of the more reputable online sources of online education or e-learning.
This is why I was so happy to find out and share with you that most of us can actually get Lynda.com for free.
If it wasn’t for what I’m about to show you, you might have to pay these prices:
So if you’re struggling financially, that’s a huge financial barrier.
But if you are lucky enough, your local library offers you free access to learn from Lynda.com from your own home.
And the good thing is that most libraries across the United States and Canada offer this by simply getting a free library card. It’s the most legwork you should have to do.
Does Your Library Offer Free Access to Lynda.com?
When I was searching to find out if my library had it, I simply searched for my library name and free lynda.com.
For example: ‘Kitchener public library’ + lynda.com
My first result was actually a link that led me to their library portal page to use Lynda.com from home.
If after searching you have no luck, you should contact your local library and ask if they offer free at home lynda.com access.
Obtain Your Library Card
To get a library card, you usually have to bring a form of ID and proof that you live at your specified address.
Something government issued, like Driver’s License is usually all that is needed. But you can usually find the information online on your libraries’ website or by calling them.
Using Lynda.com At Home
All you have to do is visit Lynda.com and click on Sign In, below the login area there is a link that says, ‘Sign In With Your Organizational Portal’, click that.
From there you just enter the URL (web address) of your library organization. In my case, I type in ‘kpl.org’ and click on continue.
Since it’s your first time, you will not already have a password, so you’ll need to click on the ‘create a profile’ button.
You’ll be prompted to enter your library card number and to create a password. PLEASE DO NOT LOSE YOUR PASSWORD. Otherwise you’ll need to call the Lynda.com support team to reset it.
I suggest you visit and browse the first page that you are brought to after logging in. Their learning paths are a great way to really dive into a subject you might be interested in. Those learning paths are accessible from their top menu bar under ‘LIBRARY’. However, if you are just looking at upgrading a skill, or learning a specific skill, then just do a search for it at the top of Lynda.com.
If you use LinkedIn you can then add your completed courses to your list of accomplishments on your public resume/profile.
One really good feature is that most videos on Lynda.com have closed-captioning, so you can easily follow along without actually having to listen, or if you have a hearing impairment.