Programs We Offer

We offer in-person tutoring, informal conversation groups, classes, and online learning options to suit all learning styles.

  • Adult Education Tutoring
    Our trained tutors can help adults with many aspects of learning and daily life during drop-in hours. We can assist you if you are preparing to take the GED or high school equivalency test, improve your English or become a United States citizen, or if you need to prepare for a college placement test. We provide all of the books and materials you need to work with a tutor.
  • Learn English
    The Library offers free programs for practicing English skills for daily life, work, and citizenship. Attend a class, tutoring, or practice English online.
  • ESOL Classes
    We also free classes, conversation groups and online resources to help you learn English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Basic ESOL classes are eight and 10-week courses. We can also help you prepare for your United States citizenship test. 
  • Talk Time
    Talk Time groups are for anyone who does not speak English as their first language, from beginners to more advanced English speakers. You and other participants will have conversations in English on a wide range of topics to improve your English language skills. 
  • Online Learning
    Library cardholders can use serveral online resources to practice their English skills or learn a new language.

Programs by Location




Central Library

Adult Education Tutoring

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Beginner English

Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Intermediate English for Immigrants & Refugees

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Talk Time

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Beacon Hill Branch

Intermediate English

Mondays and Wednesdays
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Talk Time

10:30 a.m. – noon

Broadview Branch

Adult Education Tutoring

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fremont Branch

Talk Time

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Lake City Branch

Talk Time

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Northgate Branch

Beginner English

Mondays and Wednesdays
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rainier Beach Branch

Adult Education Tutoring

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Ready to Work

10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

South Park Branch

English for All Levels (Activities for children available)

Wednesdays and Thursdays
9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Upcoming Basic Skills Events

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