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Online Learning

For Personal & Professional Development

Did you know the Library offers free online classes? From new skills to new languages, diplomas to tutors, we have something for you! The Library can help you find the best tools for learning whatever you want!

What do you need?

  • Your LA County Library card
  • Your PIN
  • A device with internet access

LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda.com)

Please note: Lynda.com is being upgraded to LinkedIn Learning, effective April 27, 2021. You’ll be able to login with your library card number and PIN and all of your previous history from Lynda.com will transfer over. Review the FAQ below to learn more.

Stream online instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, LinkedIn Learning is for anyone looking to learn new skills in a wide range of subjects including photography, animation, music, web development, software, and project management. Access an unlimited number of courses 24/7.

Is LinkedIn Learning content different than Lynda.com content?

You’ll have access to over 17,000 courses with LinkedIn Learning. Please note that with Lynda, you only had access to 7,000 English courses. LinkedIn Learning includes courses in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, and more. We’ll continue to invest in delivering high-quality, expert-led courses that engage learners.

Will my history from Lynda.com migrate over to LinkedIn Learning, or will I need 2 separate accounts for Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning?

On April 27, 2021 your history will be in your new LinkedIn Learning account under your existing Library Card Number and PIN.

What happens if I lose my Library card?

Call your local library and let staff know you’ve lost your card. You’ll be issued a new Library Card and PIN and your history will not be accessible.

Will you notify me before the Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning upgrade happens, and do I need to do anything to get this upgrade?

LA County Library will send an email to our existing Lynda.com customers to remind them about the upgrade to LinkedIn Learning.

Is a LinkedIn profile required to access LinkedIn Learning?

No. You only need your Library Card and PIN to access LinkedIn Learning.

Does anything appear on my LinkedIn profile when I start or complete a course?

No, nothing will appear on your profile unless you proactively share an update on it. You can choose to download your certificate of completion from LinkedIn Learning and upload to your LinkedIn profile.

What happens to the certificates that I received from Lynda.com?

Upon completion of a course, users in Lynda.com received a certificate which included their name. LinkedIn Learning will also provide certificates, but it will not include the users name. If you’d like your certificate customized with your name, we recommend that you download your certificate on Lynda.com before April 26, 2021.

Does LinkedIn Learning have an app?

Yes, LinkedIn Learning has an app that you can download and use to stream instructional videos. You’ll need to input “lacountylibrary” when asked for your libraryID, following by your library card number and PIN.

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