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Online Training via lynda.com

Charleston County residents now can access thousands of free online courses and more than 130,000 video tutorials to learn new skills that can help them reach both personal and professional goals.  

The site - lynda.com - is normally available to individuals only through paid subscriptions, but Charleston County residents now can access this diverse educational site through CCPL's website. All they need is their library card number and password.  

Classes on the site includes topics like business, design, web development, multimedia skills plus individual software products like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications.

lynda.com uses expert instructors and offers searchable transcripts of courses to make it easy to find answers and information about specific questions. The site also offers Certificates of Completion that are uploaded to an individual's LinkedIn profile when a course is completed. Many courses also feature course exercises to give the user practice. For example, a Microsoft Excel class may include a downloadable pre-populated spreadsheet to help users watching the tutorial.

To get started, visit the lynda.com link from the library's website, and enter your library card number. You will be asked to create a password. The password cannot be changed, so it is important that you create one you can remember. You will be prompted to create an account with your name and an email address. This lets you keep up with the status of your course history, playlists, bookmarks and Certificates of Completion. 

Please bookmark the library's login page to lynda.com for easy return access. Your library login will not work on the sites public subscription login page or on the company's mobile apps. For those wanting to use a mobile device, you will need to access the site through your web browser. The company's mobile apps only recognize individual subscribers, not subscriptions through libraries.

Need more help, check out this Getting Started page for lynda.com. 

Other Subscription Resources at CCPL 
lynda.com is one of the dozens of online subscription
databases available to library cardholders. Other popular online, electronic resources include:

  • Learning Express Library - a learning platform that includes practice tests and study materials for GED/TASC, SAT and other examinations;
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - a collection of research titles in the following subject areas: Biography, Business, Education, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science; and
  • Mango Languages - a learning site that includes courses in 52 languages plus 17 courses for those learning English.

To browse the full list of online databases and resources, visit, CCPL's Research Tools page.