Houston, We Have Lynda!

Note: Also check Creating and Editing Playlists and Choosing Videos and Completing Courses.

HPL is happy to announce that we have a new digital resource: Lynda.com!

What on earth is Lynda? Think of it like YouTube but educational. Instead of spending all that time surfing the net to find out how to make a pivot table in Excel, you can simply pull up Lynda.com and watch a short video. Want to learn how to advertise on Twitter? There’s a video for that! Videos range from a few minutes long to several hours, depending upon the depth of the topic. It also offers video based courses on a variety of topics, but that’s for a later post.

Today I’m going to help you get started with Lynda.com including making and customizing your account. You’re going to need your MY Link card at the ready! (Need one? Visit our MY Link page to get started.)

When you first open up Lynda, you’ll be greeted with a log in page. If you already have an account, you’ll simply enter your library card number and password and click Log in. As a new user, though, you will need to click the Create a profile button to set up your account and make a password.

On the Create a profile page, you’ll be asked to provide your valid Houston Public Library card number then create a password. The password needs to be at least six characters with a letter and a number. I discovered this the hard way, so you don’t have to! Mind the yellow warning in the photo. They are serious about those requirements. Click Create Profile to move to the next screen which will ask for your first and last name and an email address.

Now that you have a profile with Lynda.com, it’s going to ask you to select the topics that are of interest to you so it can make recommendations. You can go back and change these at any time or ignore them completely. I highly recommend selecting a couple so you can get a feel of the types of materials Lynda offers and jump quickly to the learning stage. There are a number of categories to choose from and a variety of topics within each of those categories. You can select individual topics or the entire category if you just can’t decide on one focus at the moment. Personally, I have a wide range of  topics selected for future learning.

I hope you enjoy our new service! Keep an eye out for future Lynda.com blog posts about adding and editing playlists as well as watching videos and completing courses.

If you have any questions or get stuck, please give us a call at 832-393-1313 or drop us an email.


Written by Genevieve H., Central Library

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This is fantastic and the #1 reason I just joined the Houston Library. Lynda is one of the best resources around and plays a huge role in my professional development and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Thanks for being an HPL customer, Eric! We are thrilled that you are enjoying this service.

I cannot logging Lynda from the apps... I tried to put myLink # as the username and use the password it wouldn't let me login. I tried to put this address http://lynda.com/portal/sip?org=houstonlibrary.or and it says that the membership doesn't include the mobile access. Can you please clarify? I can access Lynda from the website.

Hi Barry, Try it one more time at: http://lynda.com/portal/sip?org=houstonlibrary.org If you still can't log-in please send us an email with your name, library card number and type/make of your mobile device so we can look into it for you or just submit your information on the form here: http://houstonlibrary.org/email-reference

Just signed up with my library card number and had to do a free trial that will charge me at the end of the month... Is it still supposed to be free?

Hi Stephanie! Yes, you will still have free access. Make sure you get to Lynda through the link on our resources page (http://houstonlibrary.org/research/databases) and let us know if you are still having issues.

Thank you so much Houston Library for this great resource! I am overjoyed :-)

So glad you're enjoying this resource, Nile!

I am a resident of Arkansas. I'd like to purchase a non-resident membership so I can access the online databases, including Lynda. Are all those available to non-resident members?

Hi Mavis! If you live outside of Texas, you can obtain a card by paying a non-resident fee of $20/6 months or $40/year. Read more about it here: http://houstonlibrary.org/find-it/my-link

Hello, This benefit is awesome! Is it an access to Lynda’s premium? I wanted to download their exercise files, but the option is not available and the website says only the premium subscribers can see the exercises file tab option.

Hello, try to access it with your valid MY Link library card. If you are still not able to, send us an email (http://houstonlibrary.org/email-reference).

I was able to log in through the hyperlink before but now it just brings me to the main page and I am not logged in. It happened before but after a few attempts it would let me in. Now I cannot login at all.

Would this give me access to all the content on Lynda.com, the same as I have as a private subscriber at $25/month?

Hello, I'm having trouble accessing Lynda. I put in my library card info to create an account, but no luck. Please help.

Try it one more time at: http://lynda.com/portal/sip?org=houstonlibrary.org If you still can't log-in please send us an email with your name, library card number and type/make of your mobile device so we can look into it for you or just submit your information on the form here: http://houstonlibrary.org/email-reference

Lynda has become LinkedIn Learning. How do you enter the library card information into LinkedIn Learning?

Hello Mark, try to access it directly our website's portal at https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=houstonlibrary.org. Let us know if you still have trouble signing in.

Hi, I am a faculty here at HCC and just wonder if we still have Lynda available for free. When I sign in with my library card, it takes me to 1 month free trial page.

Hello Negaar,, Lynda is available to all valid MY Link cardholders. Try to access it directly from our website's portal at https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=houstonlibrary.org. Let us know if you still have trouble.

Hi, I still have the same issue, this is my card # 2300144 can you check if I am an active member and do I have to sign in only from HCC computers or can I sign in from any computer?

Hello Negaar, you may acces Lynda.com from any computer or mobile device that's connected to the internet. Your account is still active. If you haven't already, you need to create a profile which just means that you provide your library card number (2300144) and create a password. I hope this is helpful. Let us know if you still have trouble accessing it.

I just signed up and found your link to Lynda.com. Is this a trial membership or ongoing access to Lynda?

Hi Gerald, it's ongoing, not trial.

Hi, Does Lynda.com still work? whatever I do I can't log in and how can I change my password?

Hello Negaar, Lynda.com still works. You can call them directly to reset password at 888-335-9632 (this is the only way Lynda handles password resets for library customers).

I already follow the steps on the comments but still once I log in with my library card # and password , it takes me to a home screen of Lynda on where I am not logged in yet. I am not sure what else to do. I created my account on the links above but does not log me in.

Hello Santiago, you'll need to create a profile first which just means that you provide your library card number and create a password. If you still can't access it, please let us know.

I can not log in, I have my password and log in save and remembered in my computer so when I log in I do not have to type the information in, but when I log in it takes me back to the home page and to log in all over again. any one else is having this issue?

Hello Azucena, Perhaps you need to change your password? Call Lynda.com to reset password at 888-335-9632 (this is the only way Lynda handles password resets for library customers). Call us at 832-393-1313 if you still have trouble.

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