Microsoft Imagine Academy

The Washington Libraries Microsoft Imagine Academy is a free program for the people of our community who want to improve their computer skills on any level (basic to advanced). This new online resource provides a wide variety of official Microsoft courses and learning resources covering subjects from digital literacy foundation to business skills to advanced networking and programming skills.
Digital Literacy
If you are new to computers or want to brush up on the basics, Microsoft’s Digital Literacy site is a good place to start. No sign up is needed to access these resources. You can start with Basic Computer Skills, for example.
Microsoft e-Learning
This is where you find courses on using Microsoft Office to courses that prepare you for Microsoft Professional Certifications. To access these resources, you’ll need two things:
  1. A Microsoft ID. If you have an account for Hotmail,, Xboxlive, OneDrive or any other Microsoft service, you can use that login information. If you don’t already have a Microsoft ID, you can get one for free using the instructions below. You may create a Microsoft email account as part of this process, but it is not required. You may use your existing email account to create a Microsoft Account regardless of provider.
    • Create a Microsoft Account:
      1. Go to and click Sign up.
      2. Complete the fields to create your Live ID/Microsoft Account.
      3. Go back to your email account and click the link Microsoft sent to verify your account.
  2. An Enrollment Code.  Sign up for Imagine Academy at this link, which will generate the code directly in the sign up process for you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the library staff. Please note, most classes can only be viewed in Internet Explorer.

The Imagine Academy is provided by Microsoft, the Washington State Legislature and the Washington Library (a division of the Secretary of State). Participants may seek certification upon course completion, at their own cost. More info on certification can be found here.

Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.