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: 352-334-3929   

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.

  Register for Spanish Conversation Club               Go to Transparent Language   

                                       Intermediate English Conversation Class 

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 Conversation Club.

 Join 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


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


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


ESOL / English Classes and Conversation Programs in the community:

(Updated September 2022)

Alachua County Public Schools ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Registration is open. $30 (cash only) plus cost of books. Fee lets you take multiple classes at the same level, if there are openings. You (or someone on your behalf) must register and pay in person. Walk-in registration is open on Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. at 620 East University Ave. Go to the check-in desk and ask for ESOL for Adults. 352-955-7035. We can email the class schedule and registration information to you. Classes are held on the UF Campus. Beginning classes are available 9 - 11:30 Mondays & Wednesdays. Low Intermediate classes are 11:30 - 2 on Mondays & Wednesdays.  High Intermediate classes are 9 - 11:30 on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Advanced classes are 11:30 - 2 on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

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. You can Zoom in or meet in person at UF Christian Campus House. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. (Zoom - for Zoom link) & Thursdays 7 p.m. (in-person @ Campus House). 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 UF students and community members. They also offer STEP Online, a six weeks course that costs $500. More about STEP Online classes. Contact Daryl Bish with questions. Walk ins welcome. 223 Matherly Hall, University of Florida Campus, across the street from Target Copy. Parking limited. They speak Spanish. Se habla español.

English Partners at University City Church of ChristFree. In person English (ESOL) tutoring (1 tutor for each student). Face Masks required. Beginning to Advanced (6 levels).  Sundays, 9-10 a.m., optional Bible study 10-10:15 a.m. No separate childcare at this time. University City Church of Christ gymnasium, Family Life Center, 4626 NW 8 Ave. Must reserve a tutor by Friday before that Sunday's class. To reserve tutor, please email En español, Call Church Office with questions: 352-372-4911

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

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: Free. September 27 - December 8. Last day to register is October 4. English classes: Tuesdays, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Citizenship classes: Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Located at La Casita - 1504 W. University Ave. Street parking nearby is free after 4:30 p.m. & some UF parking restrictions are also lifted after 4:30 p.m.. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early to find a parking spot! All levels welcome. Please see this flyer (Spanish versionPortuguese version) for more info or contact Cinthya at or text/call at 352-792-3820

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. Intermediate/Advanced, Mondays, 6-6:45 pm. Conversation, all levels, Wednesdays, 6-6:45 pm. 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. Earn Certificates. (Free!) 

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

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


 Volunteer Handbook 

Our volunteer program has resumed. If interested, please submit a Volunteer Interest Form and two references