Lynda.com is an online learning service that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
Sign in with your library card and choose from over 2,000 video courses created by professional instructors. Lynda.com is a great way to learn new skills or upgrade your knowledge about current practices and procedures.
How It Works
You can access Lynda.com directly through our website — just hit the Lynda.com button on the sidebar — or by going directly to the Lynda.com website.
- If you use the link on www.kfpl.ca, all you have to do is enter your Library Card Number and PIN.
- If you go to Lynda.com directly, click the “Log in” link at the top right of the site. Use the “Log in through your organization or school” option and enter “www.kfpl.ca” as the organization, then hit “go”. This will take you to the log in screen where you can use your Library Card Number and PIN to access the site.
If your account is in good standing, with no blocks due to late charges or an expired card, you’ll be logged in immediately.
Your Personal Profile
When you first log in, the site will ask if you have a previous account with Lynda.com. If you’re new to Lynda.com, or just want to start a brand new profile, select the “No, I’ve never had an account” option.
If you did have an account, selecting the “I’ve had an account” option and logging in with your previous user name and password will import your old profile, including any playlists or course history, into your new library account profile.
There is a lot of training material on Lynda.com, way more than you can get through in a single session. In order to keep track of your training, and plan what you’ll want to learn in the future, you can create and manage Playlists of all the courses you want to watch.
Located in the “My courses” menu, the “Playlists” feature lets you group common topics together: for example, you can create a playlist called “Professional Development” and save all of the courses on Business skills and Management training in a single location.
Lynda.com offers several pre-selected Playlists in it’s Playlist Center. These are great if you’re looking for a specific subject that might have multiple entry points or overlapping courses, like how to “Take Better Portraits” or “Learn Project Management”.
If you can’t think of the name of a topic or software that you want to learn about, you can try Lynda.com's recommendations, another option found in the “My courses” menu.
Recommendations are generated by telling Lynda.com what your interests are. Use the “Update Interest” button and browse the list of available topics. Once you’ve decided on your interests, the recommendations page will display a list of related courses and videos.