How to use LinkedIn Learning for free from your local library

Previously, Lynda was where the world turned when he wanted, for example, to learn about a new Autodesk program or how to use Excel. LinkedIn acquired Lynda in 2015, but many of the services it previously offered are still available.

LinkedIn Learning advances the torch of knowledge, upholding Lynda’s reputation for representing only the best of the best. The revamped site is home to thousands of hours of professional-level educational content covering just about every topic imaginable.

Have we piqued your interest? Believe it or not, you can access everything available on LinkedIn Learning for free with a qualifying library card. Here’s how.

Does your public library offer free access to LinkedIn Learning?

To find out if your library participates in LinkedIn Learning for Library, a quick Google search is never a bad place to start. If you live in a small town and this approach doesn’t work, making a quick in-person appearance to ask (or a phone call) is also an option.

You will need a library card

Once you’ve found a library near you that supports free access to LinkedIn Learning, you’ll need to officially join a library to continue. If you don’t have a library card yet, you should make it your next task.

In the United States, all you need to get a library card is government-issued photo ID. If your ID does not include your current address, you will also need a way to prove your residential status.

For photo ID, you can submit any of the following:

  • state driver’s license

  • State ID card

  • Driver’s license expired (With address verification if the address is not up to date)

  • Passport

  • Status ID

  • ID issued by the army

  • Job ID

  • Student card

  • Working license

Some documents you can use to verify your address:

  • Certain stamped mails

  • Bank statement or checkbook

  • Rental agreement or mortgage documents

  • Current class schedule or report card

  • Voter registration card

  • Utility bill

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Once you’ve gathered everything you need, head to the library to formalize things. You will be working with a librarian or clerk when you do. Be sure to ask all of your questions about free access to LinkedIn Learning.

There are two key things you should leave the conversation with. In addition to the new library card itself, you’ll need to take home your library’s LinkedIn Learning code and your personal PIN, which you’ll need to sign in to LinkedIn Learning.

How to sign up for LinkedIn Learning with your library card

After you’ve obtained a library card, LinkedIn Learning library code, and your PIN, you’re ready to sign in to LinkedIn Learning for free.

My local identification code from the LinkedIn Learning Library.  LinkedIn Learning has never been easier to sign up.

The LinkedIn Learning for the Library The login start page can be found through a Google search or through LinkedIn itself. You will be asked to enter your library’s LinkedIn Learning Library ID. The next page will ask for your library card number and personal PIN.

LinkedIn Learning for Library gives you access to all of LinkedIn's professional resources.

If this is your first time connecting to LinkedIn Learning, you will have the opportunity to refine your interests. There are many different categories to choose from; their offerings in terms of developing soft skills for professionals are presented above.

You can also learn technical skills like programming and web development, and creative skills like photography, design, and video editing.

Learning free on LinkedIn is just a trip to the library.  You should probably read more, anyway.

Another fun feature of LinkedIn Learning is the goal setting option they offer. Sixty minutes of learning per week? I can do it, and so can you.

With a free LinkedIn Learning subscription, you have access to over 16,000 one-on-one courses that cover everything from 2D animation to Python, all from industry leaders with extensive real-world experience to share.

This is the best way to start if you want to learn a new trade or a new hobby. After creating your free LinkedIn Learning account, the entire collection is right at your fingertips.

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Are you ready to start? If reading books has always been a struggle for you, this interactive library could be the answer. If you work in the media or in technology, this resource will be essential for you.

For those looking to get involved in a new hobby, LinkedIn Learning offers the best of what we love about Lynda. Now, thanks to LinkedIn Learning for Library, you can dive without wasting a single penny.


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