ESLL Collection

The English as a Second Language & Literacy (ESLL) collection is housed on the 1st floor of the Main Library.  It consists of print and AV materials organized into the following categories:  Grammar, Phonics and Spelling; Language Learning and Pronunciation; American History, Conversations and Vocabulary, and Dictionaries, Life Skills and Vocabulary Builders; Teaching ESL, Literacy and Reading Comprehension; and, Research, Writing and Test Prep.  The variety of media includes Playaways, Language Learning CDs, Readalong CDs, and DVDs.

Our online resources include adult language learning resources Mango Languages and Powerspeak Languages, LearningLibraryExpress, which contains a wide variety of test prep tutorials, Oxford Languages Dictionary, and TumbleBooks, which is animated and designed for children.

ESLL Databases


WPL's Own Resource Guide

Welcome to America: A Multimedia Resource Guide for Language, Culture & Citizenship for ESL Students and Educators

Citizenship Resources

The Worcester Public Library’s Citizenship Information Center is located on the 1st floor of the Main Branch near the ESLL and World Languages collections. The Center includes books, CDs, DVDs, flashcards, flyers and informational brochures about:

  • Requirements for naturalization
  • Preparing for the test and interview
  • U.S. Civics
  • Citizenship classes

Citizenship Classes at WPL

The library holds citizenship classes every Wednesday for those preparing to take the naturalization test. Classes cover all the information you need to know in order to pass. For questions, call 508-799-1655 ext. 3.

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World Languages


The World Languages Collection reflects the needs of Worcester’s diverse population and is a vital part of the library. Located on the 1st floor of the Main Library near the Information Desk, this collection includes:

A large number of titles in Chinese, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese, and a smaller number of titles in Albanian, Armenian, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian and Portuguese. Magazines and newspapers are available in Albanian, Armenian, Chinese, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Films in non-English languages are shelved in the Audiovisual area.

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