Washington State Library Microsoft IT Academy

The Washington State Library Microsoft IT Academy provides free, online, self-paced technology courses for all Washington residents. Courses are available at three levels - basic digital literacy skills, Microsoft Office Skills and advanced skills for Microsoft professional certification.

In partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State received special Legislative appropriation to fund a statewide subscription to the Microsoft IT Academy, with access through state residents’ local public, tribal, and community and technical college libraries, and the Washington State Library. For more about this partnership, please visit the Microsoft IT Academy project page.

To access the Microsoft IT Academy, you will need a Microsoft account and the FIRST TIME you access the site, an enrollment code or link from a participating Washington library. After accessing the site the first time, RETURNING USERS can go directly to the Microsoft IT Academy site. You may find it helpful to bookmark the Microsoft IT Academy homepage.

Step 1

You will need a Microsoft Account to use the Microsoft IT Academy. Any email address ending with Hotmail.com, Outlook.com, MSN.com and Live.com is a Microsoft account.

If you do not have a Microsoft Account, create one using the Microsoft Account Sign-up page. You may use an existing email address as the username for your Microsoft account. To complete the account sign-up process, you will be asked to verify your email address.

Step 2

If you have already enrolled in the Microsoft IT Academy through the Washington State Library or another library in Washington state, you can go directly to the Microsoft IT Academy website. Once there, we recommend bookmarking the page or saving it to your favorites to make getting back to your courses between sessions very easy.

If you are logging into Microsoft IT Academy for the first time, locate your local library and their IT Academy access page. To access the IT Academy from your local library’s website, you may be asked to enter your library card number, or visit the library in person.

If you don’t have a library card, or live in an area without library service, you may access the Microsoft IT Academy by completing the form below. Once at the IT Academy site, it may take a few moments for the Access code field to populate; once that happens, enter your email address and click Submit. Follow the prompts to accept the Terms of Use and your User Profile.

Step 3

To return to the Microsoft IT Academy and continue your courses, go directly to the Microsoft IT Academy site.

Microsoft IT Academy Sign-up

Are you a current Washington State employee? If so, please indicate which agency you work for. If no, select "Not a state employee." If you can't find the agency, choose "Agency not listed" and provide the name.

If available, enter your Washington State Employee ID

* Funding for the Microsoft IT Academy was provided by the Washington State Legislature for Washington State residents and employees only.
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).