“What struck me first was the beauty and architecture of library. Then all the services really impressed me – the green rooms, the recording studios,” says Mat. “I thought, ‘Hey, I could come here to play the piano.’”

The big a-ha moment was realizing a library card came with a free Lynda.com subscription. Mat and his friend hit the jackpot – spending hours on end at the library learning front end development, Java, PHP, Illustrator, Photoshop and Google Analytics.

This set them on the path to launching Air Code Design, a web development company which is now entering its fifth successful year. Mat and Phil’s company has done projects for the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Hudson Bay Consortium and they are currently developing an Indigenous social network called SIKU.

With so many huge changes happening in the world and many people wondering how to proceed in the job market, Mat suggests people take a fresh look at what the library has to offer.

“People may think it’s just a good place to get free internet and read some books, but times have changed. Technology has infiltrated the library – and the services it offers are drastically different.”

He says, “Take another look. Go multiple times. Explore.”

You can access thousands of online video courses by top experts in many fields including web design, business/marketing, software development, photography, video/music/audio editing, 3D animation, graphic design and more, for free with your Library card at vpl.ca/Lynda


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