If you're looking to pass a test, learn something new or brush up on a skill that has become slightly rusty, look no further than the library.

If you're looking to pass a test, learn something new or brush up on a skill that has become slightly rusty, look no further than the library.

Worthington Libraries provides several online resources to help you study for academic and professional exams and learn skills ranging from computer programming and software to job help, business skills and more.

LearningExpress Library

When you need to study for an exam, LearningExpress Library has you covered. This resource offers practice tests and review materials for a variety of academic and occupational standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, Civil Service Exam, ASVAB, GED, Real Estate Sales Agent, EMT Basic, Firefighter, Police Officer, fourth- and eighth-grade practice tests and Advanced Placement exams.

The database also features a computer skills module that includes video tutorials on popular software such as Microsoft Office. For those looking to land a new job, LearningExpress Library offers a Job and Career Accelerator, with tools and resources to create resumes and cover letters, research different occupations, search job postings and work through an interview.

Gale Courses

If you'd like to take your learning to the next level, Gale Courses offers online courses taught by experts and college instructors. Classes cover a range of topics, including accounting and finance, business, computer applications, design and the arts, health care and medicine, personal enrichment and writing and publishing.

You can learn more about topics as diverse as grant writing, health information management, project management and real estate investing through classes that allow you to interact with the instructor and other students. Completion of some courses grants certification.


Want to access the learning tool the pros use? Check out lynda.com for thousands of courses and online video tutorials on dozens of topics. Whether you want to learn software programs from Apple, Microsoft or Adobe; delve into entrepreneurship or business topics; or learn computer programming, graphic design or more, lynda.com offers courses ranging from beginner to advanced.

You can even choose to take learning paths such as "Become a Project Coordinator" or "Become a Front-End Web Developer" that lead you through a series of courses teaching the fundamentals of the field. Taught by experts, courses include exercises and tip sheets, and lynda.com offers certificates of completion.

All you need to access these free resources is your library card. Start at the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org, and look for "All research databases A-Z" under the Research tab on the home page.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.