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Joel Lee 29-08-2016 is one of the best things to have ever happened for online learning. With a single account, you get access to thousands of helpful courses across hundreds of topics, including photography How to Improve Your Photography Overnight with is great for online learning. Of the 546 photography courses available, here are some of the best ones for sharpening your skills in just a few hours. Read More , digital art Learn Digital Art from Scratch With These 22 Lynda Courses With hundreds of online courses to choose from, is the fastest way to mastery of digital art. Here are a few courses to get you started. Read More , and graphic design 10 Great Design Courses on Lynda That'll Supercharge Your Skills Read More .


The only downside to is that it costs anywhere from $20 per month to $35 per month depending on which plan you take. That’s far cheaper than a formal education, of course, but it’s still a steep price to pay.


The potentially good news is that you may be able to access all of for free. All you have to do is visit one of your local libraries and see if they provide free access to members (library membership is free).

If so, you can access from anywhere using the library’s own web portal, so you won’t even have to physically be in the library building. The only catch is that there may be a limit to how many simultaneous users are allowed through your library.

If your local libraries don’t provide access, you can try requesting it, which may spur them towards it.


How often do you use your local library? Which courses on interest you the most? Let us know below!

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  1. Larry Meece
    September 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I just checked our library system that serves my area and they just added (this year) the services. They are available in house and from my computer or mobile device. Thank you for providing your article. Since I work in IT and web development for my local school system, this will be a great resource. I also plan on using it for my personal interests. Thank you!

    • Joel Lee
      September 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      That's awesome Larry! I hope Lynda proves very useful to you and everyone around you (as you share and spread the knowledge that Lynda can be accessed for free). :)

    • Maria
      November 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      What library did you go to?

  2. Ahmd
    August 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Is this USA only?

    • Joel Lee
      September 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Hey Ahmd, I don't have any experience with Lynda outside of the U.S. but I believe so, yes. Sorry!!

    • Derrick
      September 3, 2016 at 3:33 am

      I used it in Africa. Worked ok.

    • Lisa Hallman
      August 22, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      No, I can confirm you can in Canada as well. Most of our local library systems offer from with a library card. I can't vouch for outside of US and CA.

  3. George Entenman
    August 30, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Joel, I used it primarily to learn PhotoShop and some Lightroom. What's cool about the courses is that they're broken in to small sections where you can learn just one technique. I also like the fact that all the courses I've taken have written transcripts of what's being said, so it's easy to grab a sentence or paragraph to put into my own notes.

    • Joel Lee
      September 2, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Those two things are exactly what I love about Lynda too, George! Many times I've peeked into courses just to learn one or two specific sections, and the transcripts are so useful when I just want to skim the lesson in 1 minute rather than sitting through a 12-minute video. The ability to copy/paste is useful too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. George Entenman
    August 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I've used this wonderful resource, provided by my public library for some time.

    There is a special login page where I enter my 14-digit library card number and a long, complex password. The normal login page wants an email address and password, and the library number is not acceptable as an email address. So be sure to bookmark the special login page.

    There is no way to change a password without calling support, so do not lose it.

    Also unfortunately, this system does not work with the iOS app. It must be used through a browser.


    • Joel Lee
      August 29, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      That's awesome! What kind of stuff have you learned through Lynda? Thanks for sharing, George.

      • George Entenman
        August 30, 2016 at 12:16 am

        Whoops! My reply went up above! Sorry bout that.

    • Maria
      November 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      What library did you go to?

      • George Entenman
        November 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        The Chapel Hill Public Library in Chapel Hill, NC.

      • George Entenman
        November 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        The Chapel HIll Public Library in Chapel Hill, NC