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September 1, 2015

Literacy, ESL and Citizenship

Literacy, ESL and Citizenship : Online Resources


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Library Closed Monday, Sept. 7

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Online Citizenship, ESL and Literacy Resources


The Library has online resources:


  • In English and many other languages to help you study for your citizenship test
  • For learning and improving English  


You can use these resources from your home or a Library computer but you may need a Library card and PIN to use some of these resources.





LearningExpress Library

Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for carrer advancement, and more.

Live Citizenship Help

Get free help preparing for the English and history citizenship tests seven days a week from 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Live help is not available on holidays but you still have access to online resources and tests. You must have a Library card and PIN to use this resource.

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service)

USCIS is the federal agency that administers citizenship and immigration services for the United States.  Here are some links to useful areas of their website:



ESL and Literacy



Adult Learning Activities

News Stories for English language learners. Improve basic English skills using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults.

Mango Languages

Online language learning for over 60 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 18 languages.

Online Homework Help

Students get help with ESL homework through this online program. Help is also available for other subjects, such as math and science. Available in English seven days a week from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tutors are not available on holidays but you still have access to online resources and tests. Disponible en español 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. siete días a la semana.  Online Homework Help will end on Tuesday, September 8th.



Service Providers



King County Adult Literacy Consortium

A group of community and technical colleges, community based organizations, and libraries in King County that help adults gain the skills they need to support their families and earn livable wages. 

King County Library System - ESL Learners

The King County Library System's resources for learners, including ESL classes, Talk Times, and citizenship classes around King County.

Literacy Council of Seattle
Offers private tutoring for adults seeking to improve English or basic skills.  LCS also offers classes at locations throughout Seattle.

Literacy Source

Provides learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy, citizenship, and basic life skills. Literacy Source is based in Fremont but offers programs in southwest Seattle, Tukwila, and SeaTac.

St. James Immigrant Assistance

Provides free English instruction and citizenship assistance to low-income adult refugees and immigrants in Seattle and King County.


Library resource - may require a Library card and PIN.

Web site

Available only in Library locations