Learning at BPL

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) 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.

Topic Guides
Classes

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 Library 
The Business & Career Library 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 and Literature
The Languages and Literature Division has a staff of bilingual librarians and volunteer guides to help patrons find information in books and language learning programs in a variety of languages.

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 Preparation
Pre-HSE (high school equivalency) classes are also offered for young adults (17 to 24 years old).