Adult Literacy

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Want to learn how to read better?                     

Want to practice your English?

Need help getting ready for the GED or TOEFL exams?

Contact the Literacy Program!  

Email:    Phone: 352-334-3920/3929    

The Literacy Program offers one-on-one tutoring and small classes for adults. We can help you sign up for a library card and show you how to use library books and databases. We also can connect you to other programs in the library and in the community.

Below you will find information about classes, programs, and links to free online resources. 

To translate the Alachua County Library District website into another language, scroll to the bottom of this page. Click "select language" and scroll through the list for that language.

Para traducir el sitio web del Alachua County Library District a otro idioma, desplácese hacia abajo hasta el final de esta página. Haga clic en la barra "select language"  y desplácese por la lista hasta que encuentre el idioma que desea.

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Conversational English

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Our award-winning Conversational English program matches English language learners with conversation partners. The Conversational English program also hosts social mixers, an oral history program, and an art show for English language learners and their families. You can now join our remote or in-person Conversation Club.

For information about the Library District's Conversational English program and to be placed on the waiting list for a partner, email us at

Reading Help

Contact us at 352-334-3920/3929 or to sign up for a free tutor who will help you improve your reading skills!


Here are some things you can do to practice reading at home: 

Reading Skills 4 Today 
Reading practice for adults. Audio to play with the readings.

The Times in Plain 
Reporting on current events in easy to read, plain English. 

Khan Academy Reading - 
For kids, but could be good resource if you want to work with your children or grandkids. 2nd grade and up.


Adult Ed / GED

GED Study Sessions at the Headquarters Library with an experienced GED  prep teacher

Classes in the Community

Santa Fe College Adult Education and GED:  $30 plus cost of books. Overview of programs

Gainesville Community Ministry's GED Prep: GCM provides a GED program for anyone wishing to get a High School Diploma. The program consists of individual tutoring and mentoring with all test expenses paid for committed students. Sign up Monday - Thursday by calling 352-372-8131.

eSources you can use at home:

Has prep courses and practice tests for the GED. Some resources in Spanish. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress. 
Better for K-12 students. Some practice tests, but the big deal is live homework help as well as the ability to submit writing for feedback. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress.

Free practice for GED reading and math


ESOL - English Classes

Contact us to sign up for a free English tutor at the library! or 352-334-3920/3929.

Join our virtual Conversation Club for adult English language learners on Thursdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. 


ESOL / English Classes and Conversation Programs in the community:

(Updated July 2023)

Alachua County Public Schools Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Classes begins August 14, 2023 and run through December 15, 2023. Registration sessions for ALL new and returning Adult ESOL students will be held at the Alachua County Public Schools District Office CONFERENCE ROOM E from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. August 4th, 2023. Please bring the following required items for Adult ESOL registration - Current, valid government-issued photo ID- passport or driver’s license or state ID $30 (cash only- exact amount please) One class offered per student, please see the ESOL class schedule. Beginning August 15th 2023 ESOL students may register from online and pay thru My School Bucks $31.37 UNTIL CLASSES ARE FULL. One class offered per student, please see the ESOL class schedule. Please call 352-955-7035 if you have any questions. Schedule of classes

Catholic Charities English ClassesFree Zoom classes. Beginning level: Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Intermediate level: Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Pat Rayos. Call or text: 352-682-5078. Email:

English Corner, UF Christian Campus HouseFree. UF Student Group welcomes people of all ages who want to practice speaking English. Conversational English Class: Tuesdays, 2 p.m. (Zoom - for Zoom link) & Thursdays 7 p.m. (in-person @ Campus House). Beginning English class is also in-person on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Those interested can email Bob Gailey, You also can call 352-258-9367. 1810 NW 1st Ave, Gainesville (Parking near there can be limited).

English Language Institute at UF: They offer a number of fee-based programs for international students and community members. Contact Daryl Bish with questions. Phone: 352-392-2070. 223 Matherly Hall, University of Florida. 8:00am-4:30pm, M-F. Parking is limited. They speak Spanish. Se habla español.

English Partners at University City Church of Christ: Offers free, in person English (ESOL) tutoring. Each student is paired with one tutor who allows the student to choose which elements of English they wish to study or practice. All levels of English can be accommodated. The sessions are held Sundays 9-10 AM at University City Church of Christ (4626 NW 8th Ave.); further meeting information will be provided to students who wish to attend. No separate childcare is available at this time. Please contact Josh Miles ( if you have questions and/or are interested. Estudiantes de habla hispana, favor de contactar Ramon Osejo (

Florida Literacy Coalition's free online Conversational English classes: Free. Intermediate level, 2 hours sessions via Zoom. See the Frequently Asked Questions.

Holy Trinity Immigrant Ministries offers conversational English at a time and place that suits your schedule. We meet as a group on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 101 NE 1st Street, Gainesville. After that partners decide on the time and place best for them. Non-native and native English speakers are welcome to sign up. Contact Richard MacMaster at

International Learning Center at Parkview Baptist: Wednesday online mixed level class, 6:30-8 p.m. Free for Fall. Click here to register online. For questions:

Latina Women's League English & Citizenship classes: TBA

Santa Fe College ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages):  $30 plus cost of books.  Santa Fe offers face-to-face English classes to prepare students for better career and education opportunities.  352-395-5943

Williams Temple COGIC ESOL classesFree. Zoom classes for Adults. Intermediate/Advanced only, no Beginner level classes available at this time. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:15 - 7 p.m. Call or email Yvette Colbert: 352-327-8578 ,  

Here are some resources you can use at home:

An online language learning program with over 100 languages; including courses for English Language Learners. You can access it for free with your Alachua County Library District card. Login with your library card. Use your email to set up your user ID and set a unique password.

Has prep courses and practice tests for the TOEFL. Some resources in Spanish. Sign in with your library card. Create an account with an email and password to keep track of your progress. 
Better for K-12 students. Some practice tests, but the big deal is live homework help as well as the ability to submit writing for feedback. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening 
Practice your English listening skills- easy, intermediate, and difficult levels. Free to use, but please be mindful of the terms of service


Digital Literacy / Computer Skills

Northstar Digital Literacy - Build your skills. Take assessments. Learn from home. Earn Certificates - Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. at Headquarters (Free!) 

  • Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, Career Search Skills  

Computer Help - Join us at the Headquarters library on Tuesdays from 2 - 6 p.m. to take a proctored assessment and earn a certificate. We can also help with basic computer questions, show you how to use your device, and assist with navigating the digital platforms that your library card gives you access to. 

Volunteer Tutors
Blue and white background with two people studying a book together at a table. Alachua County Library District open book logo with flying pages is in white. Text reads: Become a Literacy or Language Tutor! Literacy and Language Tutors: help people to read better, help learners practice their English, help those that are getting ready for the GED or TOEFL exams. This is done with one-on-one tutoring and small classes. Can tutor at any branch. More information: 352-334-3943,, /literacy

 Volunteer Handbook 

Our volunteer program has resumed. If you have interest in volunteering as a literacy tutor or assisting with programming, please submit a Volunteer Interest Form and two references. Orientation & training will be provided.