Learning with Lynda

I was happily compiling information about what Lynda.com is, how you can access it and why it is good but the information was coming out a little dry and impersonal and like I was trying to sell it (and i'm not) - and who would want to read that? (PS I have left the information below because you might actually really want that kind of super awesome clear information.)

What I really wanted to do is tell you a little about Lynda from the perspective of a user. I don't mind if you try Lynda or not but I feel like most people don't know anything about it. And I think they are missing out!

I discovered Lynda a year or two ago. I had only just started working for the library, I had never heard of this resource before - even though almost all the librarians had. To be frank, the name does not really indicate what it is and we usually shy away from what we don't know, right? (Way too much effort to investigate!) 

So the way I describe Lynda.com is 'educational, professional You Tube.' 

I, perhaps like many others, have an interest in a variety of areas: creative things, tech things and being fairly new to the concepts of 'Marketing' I am interested in that too. So Lynda has all these great videos on topics that peak my interest and allow me to dip in and out and check out quickly what I like and what I don't.  

I want to learn about design, photoshop, layout, marketing, mail chimp, photography, coding etc. but I don't really want or need the piece of paper from formal study. I want the knowledge and skills and information not a certificate. I really don't have the time or money to study each of my interests but Lynda is actually a great way that I can delve a little deeper and discover if I want to do further study or just pick up some skills to use in my job or for fun straight away.  

I don't know how you learn but I am quite visual. So I really liked having the video tutorial speaking to me and showing me things at the same time. I actually sometimes have Lynda going on my iPad and try to put what I am learning into practice at the same time on my laptop. I watch videos on my phone on public transport or while washing dishes (i'm a mum - we are champion multi-taskers!) 

At the end of the day, i'm tired and often a bit lazy. There is no way I would research and explore all of my interests on my volition - it would feel like too much hard work. But I find Lynda really easy. Like Netflix you can have a playlist, it will remember where you are up to and it is regularly updated with new, interesting things. I think you can even chrome cast it to your TV?  

You should check it out. Maybe take Lynda out to lunch? #Cheapdate!


Have you been thinking about changing careers or retraining, but not sure if you want to take the plunge? How about checking out Lynda.com, an online video tutorial website available through Yarra Plenty Regional Library? 

With more than 6,300 courses and 267,000 video tutorials, Lynda has something for everyone. The website is easy to use – all you need is a library card and PIN and the courses are free! There is a huge range available, all designed and taught by recognised industry experts. Courses indicate their audience level – for beginners or advanced – so you are able to immediately tell if it is the right course for you.

Each course is broken up into small tutorials so you can learn at your own pace. Or you can just watch a short video on a topic that interests you or a particular piece of software you want to learn to use. 

So check out your learning options with Lynda.com, free with your Yarra Plenty Regional Library membership.

Check out some of the options available now!


  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business 
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • IT
  • Marketing 
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

Each area has topics, software and courses (learning paths) so you can try something new or extend your skills.


  • Web Designer
  • Songwriter
  • Comic Book Designer
  • App Developer
  • Microsoft Office
  • IT Security Specialist
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Photographer
  • Video Editor
  • Project Manager
  • Master 2D Animation

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