State Library Provides Access to Top Online Learning Platforms

Want to learn a new skill? The Palo Alto Library has you covered with access to LinkedIn Learning, Coursera and four other top online learning platforms.

Upskill 2022

Over the next 11 months, PACL customers will have access to six top online learning platforms thanks to funding from the California State Library and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Workforce Development & Support program.

The online learning platforms include:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Coursera (coming soon)
  • Skillshare
  • GetSetup
  • Northstar
  • Learning Express

Access to these amazing learning resources is available through September 30, 2022.


LinkedIn Learning

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts.

  • software development
  • business and project management
  • creative skills and software training (Adobe, 3D animation, film making, etc.)


  • Desktop users: Enter your library account number and PIN via our special link.
  • Mobile users: In the LinkedIn Learning app, use library code "paloaltocitylibrary" and then enter your library account and PIN on the following screen. 


Learn from experts at 200+ world-class universities and companies including Yale, the University of Michigan, Google, IBM, and more.

Build skills at every stage of your career with flexible options.

Enroll in courses, and gain in-demand job skills and certificates, for free.


  1. Go to Coursera in our A-Z resources list
  2. Create/log in to your Coursera account
  3. Redeem the unlimited access for 6 months.


Choose from thousands of project-based courses including:

  • Animation, Creative Writing, Film & Video, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music, Photography, UI / UX Design, Web Development 
  • Business Analytics, Freelance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management, Marketing 
  • Lifestyle, Productivity


  1. Click this Skillshare link
  2. Create a new Skillshare account
  3. Redeem your unlimited access for 3 months.


Designed for and by older adults.

Learn, connect and share with peers in small, live classes held online


To access, create an online account using this link. 

Already have an account? Use coupon code CSL-PA while booking your class to waive your fee for PAID classes.

For help booking a class or session, call +1-(888)-559-1614 or email


Self-directed online learning of basic computer skills and using technology in daily life.

  • Basic computer, internet basics, using email, windows 10, MacOS
  • Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and Google Docs
  • Using Social Media, Information Literacy, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Career search skills, your digital footprint 


Start learning in three easy steps.

  1. Click here to get started.
  2. Enter your name and email to set up a Northstar account.
  3. Northstar will send you an email with directions to complete your account setup.

Learning Express

Take self-paced courses and practice tests such as:

  • Skill-building courses and eBooks to help with reading, writing, and math.
  • Occupational practice tests and civil service exams for a variety of career choices.
  • College and grad school entrance test prep.
  • GED® test prep.


Just click this access link. You will need to enter your library card number and PIN if accessing outside a library building.

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