2006 Fourth Street

La Grande, OR  97850


Press Release

Contact: Kip Roberson

Phone: 541.962.1335




Cook Memorial Library Now Offers Lynda.com

Learners Have Free Access to 3,000 courses & 130,000 videos

(La Grande, Oregon, June 11, 2020) Where can you learn computer programming, hone your photography skills and get tips on writing a good cover letter?

If you answered Cook Memorial Library, you would be correct. But there is another learning hub, this one online, that the library wants you to explore. And it’s free to anyone with a Cook Memorial Library card thanks to the financial support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Library Services and Technology Act which is administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Lynda.com is a website with more than 3,000 courses and more than 130,000 videos from web design, education and media production to business. It typically costs at least $19.99 a month for an individual to subscribe to the site. But since July 1, Cook Memorial Library cardholders can get all of Lynda’s content for free.

Lynda.com offers patrons another way to keep learning when the library is closed or when they cannot make a visit.

“It’s good to offer folks the opportunity to use the library’s services especially now during the pandemic when patrons aren’t yet allowed inside the building” said library director Kip Roberson. “We want to offer these kinds of educational opportunities so patrons can use them on their own time and at their own pace.”

With the big spike in unemployment and displaced workers looking for new career opportunities, Lynda.com is a resource that can help workers improve existing or learn new skills. “I think we all, as humans and workers, want to improve and expand our skill sets,” Roberson said. “The library and Lynda.com are two of the best – and free – resources for anyone interested in lifelong learning.”

Patrons can get to Lynda.com by logging in through the library’s website with their library barcode number and PIN. After creating an account – which only requires a name and e-mail address – users are set. They can watch any videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages.

Once signed up, library members can get access to Lynda on their desktop computers, on their mobile devices, and eventually on the new public computers in the library. The only caveat is that they must use a web browser, not the Lynda app.

The Lynda.com videos are more in-depth and have higher production values than many tutorials on YouTube, Roberson said. The website is owned by LinkedIn.

Patron comments on social media indicate that there is interest in Lynda.com’s content.

“I want to see what’s on there and what I could learn there,” said library patron Steven Novak. “The library usually recommends good websites.”

To get free Lynda.com access as a Cook Memorial Library cardholder, visit the library’s website at CookMemorialLibrary.org and click on the Lynda.com logo.

READ, LEARN, DISCOVER @ your Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th St., La Grande, OR, call 541.962.1339 or visit the library online at www.cookmemoriallibrary.org.