Online Education

Online Education


Richmond Residents Only Service

Start Learning

Richmond Public Library offers free Online Education courses via lynda.com*

What Is lynda.com?

Lynda.com is an online education service that offers thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. As a Richmond resident you have free unlimited access to watch and learn the courses offered by lynda.com.

Lynda.com Subject Areas

3D Animation | Education | Audio & Music | Programing & Web | Business | Photography | Design | Marketing | Computer Software

How Do I Access The Free Video Courses?

All you have to do is click on the "Start Learning!" button on the right and use your library card number and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) to login on lynda.com. Then you can create your own Lynda.com account, pick a course, and start learning!

Don't have a RPL library card? Get a library card now!

*Lynda.com is available to Richmond Residents Only


Download Printable User Guides:


Lynda.com User Guide

Accessing Lynda.com

What is lynda.com?

lynda.com is an online education service that offers thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. As a Richmond resident you have free unlimited access to watch and learn the courses offered by lynda.com.

Who can access lynda.com?

lynda.com is available to Richmond residents only. All residents who have a Richmond Public Library card can access lynda.com. Don’t have a card? Sign up now!


Click the “Start Learning” button on this page and a login portal will open. Enter your library card number and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number).

The first time you log in to lynda.com the website will ask you for your name and an email address. This information allows you to keep track of your courses and progress; the name you enter will appear on any of your “Certificates of Completion” that you receive, and the email address is for subscriptions to lynda.com mailing lists.

Finding a Course

There two different ways that you can use to find a course on lynda.com: searching and browsing.

Method 1: Searching

To search for courses on lynda.com simply select the search box, type your query, and click the Search button.

On your results page you’ll see how many results there are, and options on the left hand side of the page that will allow you to filter your results. The numbers in brackets after many of the options indicates how many videos there are in each section.



Method 2: Browsing

You can click on the “Browse the library” link and be brought to a page listing every subject, and the number of courses available in that subject.

You can also mouse over “Browse the library” to bring up a menu showing the various subsections. Click on any to view the courses.

If you mouse over “Browse the library” and then “Software”, you will see which specific computer programs (Excel, Photoshop, etc.) have courses.

How To View a Video

Once you’ve found a course or video that you are interested in watching, click on the title or thumbnail image. This will bring you to the video player. The left hand side of the screen will show you all of the chapters and sections of the course. You can start from the beginning, or choose to watch them in any order. A small eye icon will appear if you’ve watched part of the video.

Click on the large image on the right hand of the screen to start the video. Once the video has started you can move your mouse over it to reveal several options, similar to YouTube and other video sites.

If you start watching a video, but don’t finish you’ll be able to continue it the next time you log in. At the top of your page you’ll see a “Continue Watching” section. Clicking on the image or title will bring you back to the chapter you were watching. Below the title you’ll see the percentage of the video you’ve watched, and how much time is remaining in the video.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many videos can I watch?

You can watch as many as you want! There is no limit to the number of courses you can view on lynda.com.

Can I use lynda.com on a mobile device?

You can use lynda.com on a mobile device through your browser. However, you cannot currently use the lynda.com app with RPL’s subscription.

How can I find out more about the options available at lynda.com?

For more information on the services and options offered by lynda.com please watch the tutorial video at lynda.com. You don’t even need to log in to view this video!

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