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FREE English Classes


ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) classes are for people who want to learn and improve their English. The classes focus on speaking and listening skills. Classes are available in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

To join, you must attend an upcoming Information Session. At the Information Session, you will make an appointment to register for classes.

  • Classes are open to adults (age 16 or over/ not enrolled in High School).
  • Testing is required for placement.
  • Documentation is not required.
  • Space is limited
  • Please do not bring children to registration.

For the most current information available regarding these classes, please ask at your local branch or email

Daytime, Evening, and Weekend Classes

English language classes are available at selected libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. In a welcoming environment, we provide a resource-rich learning community with level-appropriate print materials, high-interest multi-media instruction using the We Are New York television series, and state of the art computer labs with software programs including Rosetta Stone. Classes are taught by professional teachers. During the course of the program, students are signed up for library cards, and receive an orientation to the library’s services, collections and programs that support ESOL student and independent learner needs.

Classes are held year-round in 10-week cycles. Most classes meet two days each week, for two hours each day. Select classes meet on Saturday mornings for four hours. Classes are for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students. Students must attend an information session to register for classes.

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