The NHFPL is dedicated to improving lives by promoting basic and 21st Century literacy skills and advancing new Haven as a city that reads.  Literacy is essential for social, economic, and personal development throughout one’s life and the proven benefits of literacy include improved health, self-esteem, and prosperity.  21st Century literacy skills are those needed to effectively navigate our fast-paced digital environment.  We welcome the public to explore our resources for lifelong learning and to seek out librarians for advice.

ESOL Conversation Groups>>>  Click here for schedules at the New Haven Free Public Library.  

Math Tutors for Adults at the New Haven Free Public Library.

Reading Center Services and Topics

NHFPL offers many resources for practicing and improving literacy skills. At the library and on our website you will find a comprehensive collection of English language learning materials, bilingual editions of books for English reading practice, ESOL conversation classes, tutor resources, and literacy databases such as Pronunciator, Culture Grams, and Procitizen. We also have a literacy specialist available to address individual needs, conduct tours, and network with local community agencies.


Online Learning Tools

NEW! Check out our new language-learning database, Pronunciator!

PronunciatorPronunciator is a web-app that provides access to courses in 80 languages, including ESL for 50 non-English languages.

Regístrese en Español



NEW! ProCitizen, a citizenship prep course!

ProCitizen en Español


CulturesGramsCultureGrams: Allows you to learn about the history, customs, and everyday life of countries around the world.


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Contact Information

William Armstrong
Literacy Librarian
203.946.8130 ext. 200