Brooklyn Public Library Learning Centers provide free innovative educational programs for beginning adult readers and writers. Through books, technology, and small group instruction, adults build the skills needed to meet their personal, educational, and employment goals. Brooklyn Public Library Learning Centers are located at the Bedford, Central, Eastern Parkway, Flatbush and New Lots libraries.
Adult learners in the program are English speaking, older than 17 years of age, and reading below a pre-HSE (High School Equivalency) level. This part-time, flexible program offers four hours of individualized reading and writing instruction per week. Additional support and programming is available.
To enroll in this program, call or visit one of our five Adult Literacy Learning Centers.
Become a Literacy Volunteer
Volunteer Literacy Tutors assist adults learning to read and write through small group instruction. Prospective tutors attend a 20-hr Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training to gain an understanding of the Literacy Program philosophy and fundamentals of reading and writing instruction. For more information about the Literacy Volunteer opportunity, click here.
Upcoming Literacy Volunteer Information Sessions
Additional Education Programs Offered
- High School Equivalency Preparation for Adults (pre-HSE level)
- Young Adult HSE Preparation (pre-HSE level)
- English Classes
- Business English Classes
- Annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Assistance Program (This event awaits official announcement by the U.S. Department of State. Visit the official Diversity Visa Process website for more information.)
The Literacy Program of Brooklyn Public Library is supported by New York City Mayor's Office of Human Capital Development, New York City Mayor's Office Center for Economic Opportunity and New York State Department of Education.