UpSkill

Up Your Game with Upskill

Enjoy free access to 6 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.

These resources are available thanks to 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?

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

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GetSetUp is a unique online service designed for and by older adults, with virtual events happening every day of the week.
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LearningExpress helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success.

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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?

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

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Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people.

coursera

Use Coursera to thrive at your job and drive positive change in your career development.

Seniors

Expand your horizons.

  • Enhance your computer literacy
  • Get a handle on social media
  • Join an interest group designed for and by seniors.

Need help getting started?

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

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GetSetUp is a unique online service designed for and by older adults, with virtual events happening every day of the week.

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
    • Skillshare's Help Center is a great place to start once your account is created. This site includes technical support for their apps, as well as help with uploading course content. It is also translated into multiple languages (German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese).
    • Feel free to contact the eLibrary staff if you need additional help.
    • 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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