FREE Access to and Mango Languages for New York residents
(and NY College & University students)

lynda is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples.  Users will need to create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes.  Our office enjoys all the Adobe software training - like InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Muse!


The FREE access is provided by the New York Public Library.
All you have to do is get your library card.


Here's how:

1. Fill out the online application form.

2. Wait for them to send you a library card (may take up to 4 weeks).

3. Within 3 months of receiving your card, validate your card by emailing/faxing them your identification (see below for additional info)

4. Login to through this library link with your library card number and pin.

5. will ask for your name and email address and then you're good to go.  Enjoy!!

Mango Languages (Connect to database)

Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for 71 different languages. This database features ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers. A text translator is provided. Download the mobile app.


*First time users must create a profile in order to access the resource.


Information from the NYPL website:

Once you receive your card, it will remain active for a limited time of no more than 3 months and must be validated before use. Please wait until you have received your card in the mail before providing validating identification to our Patron Accounts Management team by e-mail at or faxing
(212) 621-0278.


To validate your card – Email or fax one piece of the following:

• current NYS driver’s license

• non-driver’s identification

OR two of the following forms of identification* if above
documentation is not available:

• Current college photo ID card

• Current passport

• Social Security card

• Birth certificate

• Transit pass

*This is an incomplete list – go here for a full list of eligible identification.

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