Q: Why is the Library offering Udemy? What happened to Lynda.com?

We're exited to bring you a new eLearning resource: Udemy, presented by Gale!

Changes in eLearning platforms

In 2019 Lynda.com’s parent company LinkedIn announced that they would be shutting down the Lynda.com platform and migrating Lynda content to the LinkedIn Learning platform, a paid service through LinkedIn. The new LinkedIn Learning option presented to libraries in 2019 had considerable changes to the terms of use and did not fully align with Library policies and values of ensuring access and privacy. The Library immediately began evaluating eLearning services for an alternative learning experience that would respect patron access and privacy.

At the end of 2019, Gale announced a new partnership with Udemy to bring libraries the Udemy for Business curated collection of online courses. Gale is a Cengage Learning company that has a long-standing history of working with libraries and developing digital access resources that aligns with library values. Udemy has been on the market since 2010, featuring expert instructors providing up-to-date, video-based courses covering a wide variety of in-demand topics. We're exited to add Udemy, presented by Gale, to our eLearning resources.

Share your thoughts

Throughout 2020, Gale and Udemy are fine-tuning their systems based on feedback from library users, and the Library is providing access to this product now for our patrons who would like to explore Udemy content immediately and shape its future in libraries.

We highly encourage you to share your thoughts in a 3-minute Udemy feedback survey »


Last Updated: Jun 12, 2020     Views: 46
Answered By: Hope H.