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New Learning Commons now open!

Both Ruska and Swan Libraries have been transformed into Learning Commons spaces, with more computer workstations, additional group study spaces/rooms and increased comfortable seating. In addition to library services, each Learning Commons will offer tutoring and technology help.

New Learning Commons Homepage

We have introduced a powerful new tool that allows for the searching of books, journals, databases and media from a single search box. All resources can be searched at once, or separate searches of books, articles or reserve items can be done. Search results first show items available at Becker College, followed by items at Worcester-area ARC libraries and then libraries worldwide. The new tool will not only make finding our resources much faster and more efficient, it will also allow for access to a much larger collection of items available at other libraries.

Free admission to the Worcester Art Museum

The University/Institutional Membership program enables current students, faculty and staff to visit the Museum free of charge when they present a valid Becker ID. Benefits include: access to the Museum during all regular visiting hours and to most exhibitions, programs and events; priority consideration for student and faculty projects involving the Museum and its collections; free subscription to the WAM magazine Access


Unlimited Access to Lynda.com

We are happy to announce that Becker will be providing unlimited access to Lynda.com for all students and employees. Lynda.com is an online library of courses on software tools and skills. To learn more, we suggest that you watch the introductory movie about the service, and watch How to use Lynda.com.

Here are just a few of the benefits to using Lynda.com:

  • Courses include a wide variety of technology and disciplines, including Office 2016 and Windows 10 features
  • Up-to-date content helps to keep your skills current
  • New courses are added every week
  • For Faculty, you have access to instructors’ exercise files that let you follow along as you watch tutorials
  • Closed captioning and searchable, timecoded transcripts for increased comprehension
  • Beginner to advanced courses to learn at your level
  • Watch complete courses or individual tutorials as you need them

The first time you access Lynda.com, you will need to setup an account using the instructions below. Once your account is setup, you can login to Lynda.com with your Becker username and password at https://www.lynda.com/ by clicking the Sign In button.

If you have any issues logging into Lynda.com, please contact the helpdesk@becker.edu.