Adult Learning

Do you need to brush up on your reading/writing skills? Do you want to finish your High School Equivalency Diploma? Do you want to improve your English speaking skills and earn a certification? We are here to help! There's still time to register for the next cycle, click here:


Summer Cycle: July 8 - Aug. 24 (registration June 8 - June 22)

Fall Cycle: Sept. 23 - Dec. 7 (registration July 22- Sept. 7)

Winter Cycle: Jan. 6 - March 22 (registration Nov. 11 - Dec. 14)

Spring Cycle: April 7 - June 21 (registration Feb. 17 - March 22)


Mornings: Monday/Wednesday 10AM-1PM

Evenings: Tues/Thurs 5PM-8PM

Weekends: Saturdays 10AM-4PM

FAST TRACK GED CLASS SCHEDULES: (only need 1-2 subjects to earn your diploma)

Monday/Wednesday 10AM-1PM - GED subjects (Central Library)

Monday/Wednesday 10AM-1PM - GED subjects (New Lots Library)

Tuesday/Thursday 5PM-8PM - GED subjects (New Lots Library)

Saturday 10AM-4:00PM  - GED subjects (Eastern Pkwy Library) 

*Classes are held in-person, hybrid, and one 100% remote class - you must be on camera throughout the duration of the class.

**Take the GED exam at the Pacific Library, Central Library, or New Lots Library


Interested in finishing your HSE diploma, looking for a job, want to take the GED exam, enroll in college, we have case managers ready to assist you. In addition, if you need help connecting to social services such as childcare referrals, housing assistance, learn how to connect with employment opportunities, navigate college and training programs, and more, we can assist you! We're offering free one-on-one in-person social services sessions (case management). Email us at 

Our Adult Learning programs provide adult learners with opportunities to increase basic skills in reading, writing, and math, prepare for HSE testing, taking the GED exam or enroll in NEDP, learn English, increase civic engagement and develop the skills to transition to further education and jobs.


Our Programs
  • Adult Basic Education: Learn to Read programs and classes for beginning to advanced level adult readers emphasize basic skills and language competency; classes are self-directed.
  • Pre-High School Equivalency (Pre-HSE): Provides preparation classes for adults who speak English and want to improve their reading and math skills in preparation for their HSE exam.
  • High School Equivalency (HSE): Earn your high school equivalency (HSE) diploma two ways—take the GED exam or enroll in NEDP.
  • Fast Track HSE Classes: Brush up on your skills to take the GED exam. (only for those who need to pass 1-2 subjects on the GED exam).
  • Enhanced Young Adult Literacy Program (eYALP): is a rigorous supportive program for your adults (17-24) seeking to earn their HSE diploma while earning a national certification.
  • Take the HSE (GED) exam in English or Spanish.
  • Earn your HSE diploma via the NEDP Pathway. 
  • Enroll in Integrated Education & Training classes to earn a nationally recognized certification in Front Desk Representative.
  • Meet with a case manager to help you achieve your goals.
  • College & Career Access: Assistance in planning for the future.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Including English conversation practice groups, integrated education and training certification classes, business English classes and literacy classes for all reading levels.
  • Business & Career Services: Information on career planning, job searches, personal finance and more.
  • Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library: Building on Bard Prison Initiative’s values and success, the Bard Microcollege brings high-quality, full-scholarship, liberal arts education to those communities most often excluded from the university experience. 
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Ready for the HSE exam or NEDP? We can help!

To schedule your HSE Online Screening, visit


For Adult Learning questions, call our HOTLINE at 718-622-4460 ext. 5.

Do you need to finish your diploma? Are you lacking on 1-2 sub-test?

Check out our GED Fast Track classes or text us at 732-930-0082 for more information.


Ask a Question

Do you have a question that doesn’t require a trip to the library? Get questions answered via email (



Download adult learning flyer:

Adult Learning Flyer at Brooklyn Public Library [PDF]

Download brochures for the following programs:

Adult Learning at Brooklyn Public Library [PDF]
Obtaining your High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma