English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

OCPL offers a variety of resources to help adults learn English and improve reading, writing and speaking skills. 

Job Skills & Information

These books will help you when you are learning about different jobs or improving your English skills for the workplace.

English Language Learning Kits

These books are best for independent study; they include an audio CD so you can hear the lessons spoken aloud.

Central Library

Books and audio/visual materials that help adults learn English and improve reading, writing and speaking skills are available for use or loan at the Central Library. See the Literacy section of the OCPL site for more resources. Literacy staff is available to orient customers to the collection and provide suggestion on helpful materials or by appointment.

Conversation groups are offered for those who wish to practice their English speaking and listening skills. Adults who wish to join a class should call (315)435-1835 for details.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
1:15 PM to 3:00 PM

Classes held in the Literacy area
Level 2

Dewitt Community Library

Mondays and Wednesdays
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
No registration required.
Please call the library at 446-3578 for information

Manlius Library

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No registration required. 
Please call the library at 682-6400 for information

White Branch Library

Free Syracuse City School District English language classes will teach grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing so that non-native speakers will learn to more clearly and effectively communicate in everyday situations.

There are 3 separate classes that meet daily.

Monday – Friday
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
To join the ESL Class, register at Bob’s School, 1700 Butternut St., 435-5801. 

ESOL Programs Available at These Libraries

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Central Library View Location and Hours Central Library on onlib.org
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Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville View Location and Hours www.CLDandJ.org
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Manlius Library View Location and Hours www.manliuslibrary.org
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White Branch Library View Location and Hours White Branch Library on onlib.org