If you're in the creative industry, chances are that you're familiar with Lynda.com, the online video learning platform that covers all manners of disciplines like Accounting, Film Making, Graphic Design, Writing, and just about anything else you can think of.
I've used Lynda.com off and on for over a decade. It's a great service, and honestly worth paying for. But if you have a library card (and if you don't, why not?) this membership can be yours for free.
It turns out that in 2014, Lynda.com quietly launched LyndaLibrary, which offers subscriptions in bulk to libraries all over the country. While there is theoretically a cap to how many people can be signed in concurrently, it seems that the cap is pretty high and not many people are aware of this perk. It is therefore my civic duty to tell you about it.
It takes a little bit of searching to find the right sign up page, but a Google search along the lines of "(your library name here) free Lynda.com" should do the trick. If you're an LAPL patron like me, this is your page.
Wherever you're coming from, you should wind up at a page that looks like this. Enter your library card number and PIN (for LAPL patrons, this is the last 4 digits of the phone number you signed up with).
Make sure that your library's domain name appears at the end of the URL, otherwise your credentials won't work. The syntax of the URL can also change from library to library, so let the search results guide you to it.
After clicking the "Log In" button, you'll be directed to a Lynda.com account activation page. Sign up, and you've got yourself a free membership.