Learning at BPL

Brooklyn Public Library is a place to learn, and not just through books. We host hundreds of classes, workshops and training opportunities at our sixty locations every year. We also offer services that can help you learn a new skill, prepare you for the workforce, or get a high school diploma. BPL librarians have also prepared several topic pages that connect you with tutorials and training materials on various subjects.


BPL offers hundreds of classes, workshops and training opportunities every year. To find event dates, times, and descriptions, visit our online calendar. We've also posted outlines and notes from some of the classes we offer.

Learning Services

Adult Literacy Services
Through books, technology, and small group instruction, beginning adult readers and writers build the skills needed to meet their goals at our five Learning Centers located in neighborhood libraries and the Central Library.

Book a Librarian
The Book a Librarian service allows you to reserve a free half-hour session with a professional reference librarian at the Central Library or Business Library.

Business & Career Center 
The Business & Career Center supports the needs of businesses and individuals by providing free access to business, investment and job search resources.

English Classes
For new Americans and others whose first language is not English, the Library provides free English language learning materials, classes and conversation groups.

Pre-HSE Preparation
Practice reading, writing, math, and critical thinking that form the foundation of high school equivalency success.

Languages & Literature
The Languages & Literature Division on the first floor of Central Library houses fiction and non-fiction materials in over 20 languages, language learning materials and print and digital reference collections.

Resume and Career Help
Get one-on-one resume help, education and career advice, interviewing prep, and more with help from a librarian or volunteer resume coach.

Pre-HSE Young Adult Literacy Program
The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is a full-time academic and work-readiness program designed to meet the specific needs of young adults between the ages of 17 and 24.