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

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
Volunteer tutors help adults learn to read, write, and use computer technology 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 
Since 1943, the Business Library has been supporting the needs of businesses and individuals by providing free access to business and investment resources.

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

Explore a Topic
Explore a variety of subjects in these information resources created by our own librarians.

GED Preparation
Pre-GED preparation courses are offered at several BPL branches.

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.

Skills Training & Employment Project (STEP)
Job seekers are encouraged to participate in our Skills Training & Employment Project (STEP).

Young Adult GED Preparation
Pre-GED classes are offered for Young Adults (17 to 24 years old).