Please note: The Worcester Public Library Main location will close early today (Wednesday, March 21st) at 5:30PM. Also the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Magnet branches will be closed and all scheduled events cancelled. Francis Perkins and Great Brook Valley branches will be open regular hours. Please check back for updates regarding hours and event schedules.

Resources for New Americans and English Learners

Main Library Special Events for New Americans and English Learners

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

English as a Second Language and Literacy

The English as a Second Language & Literacy (ESLL) collection is housed on the 1st floor of the Main Library.  It consists of print and audiovisual materials organized into the following categories: 

  • Grammar, Phonics and Spelling
  • Language Learning and Pronunciation
  • American History, Conversations and Vocabulary, and Dictionaries
  • Teaching ESL, Literacy and Reading Comprehension
  • Research, Writing and Test Prep

Practice English at WPL

Join us for our English Conversation Circle every Tuesday from 5:30-7PM in the Banx Room at the Main Library. You'll be able to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place, and meet new friends as we learn by talking together! No registration is required. We also have a Language Exchange Café program every Saturday from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Main Library. Click here for more information or to find other English classes.

Practice English on Your Smartphone or Tablet


Available for free through the library, Mango Languages offers English courses for speakers of 18 different languages, including:

  • الإنجليزية للمتحدثين بالعربية
  • Anglais pour Francophones
  • Inglês para Brasileiros
  • Inglés Para Hablantes De Español
  • Tiếng Anh Cho Người Việt Nam

Online Resources

With your WPL library card you can also use Powerspeak Languages, which has an English for Spanish Speakers course; LearningLibraryExpress, which contains a wide variety of test prep tutorials; Oxford English Dictionary; and TumbleBooks. which is animated and designed for children.

Citizenship & Immigration

If you are interested in applying for United States citizenship, visit the Citizenship Information Center located next to the ESLL and World Languages collections on the 1st floor of the Main Library. The Center includes books, CDs, DVDs, flashcards, flyers and informational brochures about requirements for naturalization, preparing for the test and interview, and U.S. civics.

Citizenship Classes at WPL

The Main Library holds citizenship classes every Wednesday from 5:30-7PM in the Banx Room for people preparing to take the naturalization test. Classes cover all the information you need to know in order to pass. No registration is required. Participants must be 18 or older and speak and understand English. For more information, call 508-799-1655 ext. 3.


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World Languages

The Worcester Public Library is committed to providing for the needs of the over 35% of Worcester residents who speak a language other than English at home. The World Languages collection, located on the 1st floor of the Main Library, reflects the diverse languages and cultures of the community by actively maintaining collections of books and periodicals for adults in 13 languages common in Worcester. The Library focuses on popular fiction and non-fiction materials, of use to or providing entertainment for both new immigrants and longtime residents wishing to read in their native languages, and gladly accepts donations in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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

Current World Language Collections

Our largest collection, with over 2,300 books, is Spanish (español/castellano). We also provide materials in:
























Tiếng Việt

Tenemos una colección grande de libros en español, entre ellos obras clásicas, bestsellers recientes, libros de recetas, biografías y libros informativos sobre cualquier sujeto. También ofrecemos acceso en línea a libros electrónicos en español a través de Overdrive.

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