Some Free Library locations are offering limited services, and many
programs continue to proceed virtually. Due to the ongoing impact of
COVID-19, all locations will remain closed to the public until safety
concerns have subsided. Learn more.
Of course, every day is Digital Learning Day at the Free Library—all you need is a library card and you can gain access to all the great resources and databases we offer through our Digital Learning Portal, 24/7!
Our Digital Learning Portal is a great resource for those looking to improve their skills, get ahead at work or school, or just learn something new. Take an online course, learn a new language, master new software, or even take a practice exam for the SAT or GRE.
Here's a sample of the featured databases and resources offered through our Digital Learning Portal:
An online training and learning tool for business, software, technology, and creative skills. Offering over 10,000 training and development courses taught by industry experts, Lynda offers tutorials in five languages! You will find courses and training videos on everything from web design to media production, management to entrepreneurship, Photoshop to guitar playing, and much more. Make your goal a reality with Lynda.com and the Free Library!
Access live, online tutoring in English and Spanish, every day from 10:00 a.m. to midnight for K-12, college students, adult learners, and job seekers. Upload an essay or resume and get feedback. Access a topic of study, test prep, and career resources as well.
Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive! Their bite-sized lessons are effective, and you can learn anytime, anywhere, with ability to access the lessons on a computer or through mobile apps. Ideal for earners who like to focus on tangible goals. If you enjoy logging time, tracking your progress, and accumulating points and skill sets, this gamified resource may be what you’re looking for!
Easy-to-follow tutorials for Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactive learning games—completely free.
We live in a world where information is always available at our fingertips, but at the same time, a world in which we increasingly see our media outlets under fire and fake news more prevalent than ever. The Free Library has resources to help the public navigate this ever-changing, ever-growing, overwhelming media landscape – we need trusted news sources and factual information now more than ever!
What digital learning resources have you used through the Free Library? Are there other online learning tools you would like to see the Free Library offer in the future? Let us know in the comments!