Everyone with a Los Angeles County library card now has access to free online video courses teaching business, technology and creative skills, the county’s lead librarian announced Tuesday.
The new program, dubbed lynda.com, can be accessed remotely and on mobile devices, allowing users to learn at their own pace.
“All you need is a county public library card and PIN to access lynda.com’s vast collection of courses,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said. “Our patrons can take an unlimited number of lynda.com classes with 24-7 access on their computer or smartphone.”
Todd said the courses are taught by industry experts and accomplished teachers and include lessons on photography, animation, business, music, web development, software and project management.
Beginning to advanced courses are included in what developers said is a user-friendly format. Lynda.com organizes classes into playlists, tracks completed coursework and offers certificates of completion.
Lynda.com courses for individuals cost $25 or $37.50 for a monthly or $250 to $375 for an annual membership.
County library cards are free to permanent and temporary residents. Residents can find an application online at www.colapublib.org and bring it into one of 85 local library branches with valid identification.
In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, music and eBooks, the county libraries offer computer and wireless Internet access.
— Staff and wire reports