Beloit Public Library (BPL) cardholders now have free access to LinkedIn Learning, a subscription website used by 78% of Fortune 500 companies to upskill their employees. The same video courses used by the world’s top companies and taught by industry experts are now available 24 hours a day through the library.

“One of the unique roles of a public library is to support its residents in their efforts to better themselves,” said Amy Mitchell, marketing and communications coordinator for BPL. “That includes bolstering their workforce development skills. LinkedIn Learning is yet another tool in our toolbox that is available for library card holders to achieve that.”

LinkedIn Learning offers courses in software, creative, and business skills, and the site meets some of the internet’s highest standards for accessibility. Courses are offered in seven languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Mandarin.

Professional networking site LinkedIn purchased Lynda.com to combine the insight, expertise, and content of both companies, thus creating LinkedIn Learning. This merger expands the course library from 7,000 videos to more than 16,000 training videos featuring today’s in-demand skills. BPL, in addition to other public libraries in the SHARE Consortium, migrated from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning on March 4.

Patrons with Lynda.com library accounts (which use their library card number and PIN) will automatically transfer to the LinkedIn Learning platform and can be accessed with the same card number and PIN after the migration. Library cardholders can access LinkedIn Learning at https://www.linkedin.com/learning-login/go/share. A mobile app for library subscriptions is in the works for future release.

Need a library card? Call BPL at (608)364-2905 or get started with an instant temporary card online at https://bit.ly/3bZb9wd.

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