How to access the free LinkedIn Learning for libraries?

Microsoft LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has been my go-to learning resource since 2012. It gives you access to unlimited access to video tutorials on a wide range of topics covering everything from web design, Excel, time management, project management, PMI Certification, productivity and more…

The numerous business and productivity courses on LinkedIn Learning helped me a lot at work (LMS administrator and Learning Consultant), as well as numerous web design/development courses that led me to become a weekend web designer.

LinkedIn Learning dashboard showing a quick search for courses

I first published this post on How to access the free LinkedIn Learning for libraries? | LinkedIn
This technique works in Totara LMS v12.

Get LinkedIn Learning for free via your public library

Whilst you can get unlimited access to over thousands of courses via personal or team subscriptions for around A$50 per month…

Most libraries in Australia have tied up with LinkedIn Learning for Libraries to provide you free access to all of the courses via the web browser or via the app. For example the City of Melbourne Library and Wyndham Library.

If you are in another city or country, simply Google it. For example, a friend of mine in Vancouver did a quick search for “LinkedIn Learning for Libraries Vancouver” and found that Vancouver Public Library offers LinkedIn Learning for free.

How do I log into LinkedIn Learning for Libraries with my library card?

If you don’t want to pay for a subscription, you need to follow the steps below to access LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.

You don’t need a LinkedIn profile to access LinkedIn Learning for Libraries – just your library card number and PIN. However, you may lose your learning history if you change cards or libraries.

1) Open the LinkedIn Learning app or navigate to linkedin.com/learning

2) Click Sign in.

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3) Click Sign in with your library card. Do not enter your email here.

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4) Enter your library ID (e.g. wyndham or cityofmelbournelibraries) and click Continue.

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Contact your librarian for your library ID.

If your local library does not provide access, the state library may allow you to become an online-only member to access LinkedIn Learning. For example, the City of Melbourne Libraries.

5) Enter your Library card number and PIN and click Continue.

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Contact the librarian if you have trouble logging in.

6) Whilst you can browse by Subject…, I find it easy to Search.

However, a search for “microsoft excel power query” produces over 9000 results (mostly individual videos). I prefer to filter by courses (around 300) or learning paths. 

Click on a course to complete it or click to Save it.

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7) Click on Me (My Learning) to view your Saved Courses, Learning History and more..

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8) LinkedIn Learning encourages you to learn more… Set weekly goals, download certificate of completion, set skills that you are interested in developing to receive targetted learning recommendations and more.

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9) I highly recommend that you get started on your learning journey today by watching the How to Use LinkedIn Learning course (40 minutes) by Oliver Schinkten.

I wish you the very best on your learning journey!

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