Up Your Game with Upskill

Enjoy free access to top online learning platforms! No matter your level, we have a training program for you.

Already working toward your goal with these resources? Share your story and inspire new learners.

Some of these resources are supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.  

Basic Skills

Get you started on the path to a richer life.

  • Learn basic computer skills
  • Study for your GED
  • Practice for your drivers license test
  • Try out yoga.


Need help getting started?

Northstar Online Learning (NSOL) offers self-directed online learning of basic computer skills and using technology in daily life.

LearningExpress helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success.

Already using Upskill resources? Please tell us about it!

IT & Creative Skills

Become an expert.

  • Adobe software, game design, web, photography and marketing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Advanced topics from Yale and Stanford
  • Earn certificates from industry leaders like Google and IBM


Need help getting started?

Here's a link that needs no introduction. LinkedIn Learning is now just a few clicks away with your library account.

Use Coursera to thrive at your job and drive positive change in your career development. Please note that as of July 15th this resource is only available to existing accounts. Access ends September 2024. 

Personal Improvement

Expand your interests.

  • Language Learning
  • Test Prep and Credentials
  • Cooking and Music Lessons

Need help getting started?

Mango Languages

Learn a new language using real life situations and conversation.

Learning Express

Prepare your next exam with these test prep resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! After downloading and installing from your app store, follow these steps:

    1. Select the "Sign in with your library card" option at the login screen.
    2. In the following screen, enter our library Library ID: paloaltocitylibrary
    3. Use your library account number and PIN
    • If you are having trouble logging in for the first time, make sure to check your inbox for a verification email after initially signing up.
    • The Coursera website has a wide array of community help options, including a public forum for learners like yourself.
    • In addition, their website also has a career center designed to help you pick the right online courses based on your needs.
    • Feel free to contact the eLibrary staff if you need additional help.
    • First, make sure Northstar is the right Upskill resource you need by watching this introduction video on their YouTube channel. Unlike our other Upskill 2022 online resources, this one is primarily about self-assessment tests and certification exams.
    • Feel free to contact the eLibrary staff if you need additional help.
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