Off The Shelf

Free resources further your education


Mark Luetkehoelter, Librarian

You’re getting a quality education at a good price through the classes you register for at Madison College, but did you know that you can enhance your education and credentials even more for free or low-cost?

LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as, provides free access to more than 7,000 online courses and 100,000 videos to complement classroom learning and advance your career. From software and hardware classes to soft skills training like leadership and time management, you’ll likely find a course matching your interest.

Some of the courses taken the most so far by Madison College students and staff include Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Excel, Graphic Design, Photoshop, and AutoCAD.

It’s easy to set up LinkedIn Learning account, and you can do it at https://libguides.madisoncollege.eduLiL.  You can set personalized course recommendations, and because LinkedIn Learning is a product of LinkedIn you have the option of adding completion certificates of courses you’ve taken to your LinkedIn profile.

The library’s subscription database, LearningExpress Library, located at, offers practice tests and exercises for college admissions, GED, citizenship, and other tests. It also includes video tutorials for Microsoft Office and Windows tools, as well as other software. If you’re looking for help with your resume or other aspects of the job-hunting process, it also offers a lot of help in those areas as well. It’s free for you to use, although it does require filling out a brief registration form.

Another subscription database, O’Reilly for Higher Education, includes a wide variety of tech and business e-books, as well as videos, audiobooks, and expert-curated learning paths.

Included in the library’s Academic Technology Launchpad at https://libguides.madisoncollege.edutechnology/software is information about a number of software tools that as a Madison College you can get for free or at a discounted price. Did you know that as a Madison College student you can get the current Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more on up to five of your personal computers or devices? Go to https://libguides.madisoncollege.edutechnology/software/office365  to see how.

You can use the many resources of Madison College’s Student Achievement Centers  not only for your current curricular needs, but also to expand your skills in other areas.

Remember also that there is a wonderful collection of print books for you to browse at the Madison College Libraries. In addition to collecting material to support curricular work, we also collect material to support lifelong learning. In addition to books from our library, we can also get books for you from other libraries through interlibrary loan for free.

Taking advantage of these resources could provide that one little extra edge in getting the job you want.