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. 

Conversation Groups

Conversation groups are offered at a few OCPL locations, for those who wish to practice their English speaking and listening skills.

Central Library

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

Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

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 315-682-6400 for information.

Mundy Branch Library

Are you or someone you know interested in practicing your English speaking skills? Mundy Branch Library is starting a Conversational English group for adults to practice their English speaking and listening skills. Please call 315-435-3797 to add your name to the list of interested participants. The first class will be held in February 2019.

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. 


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 Additional Literacy Resources section of the OCPL site for more resources. Literacy staff are available to orient customers to the collection and provide suggestions of helpful materials. Literacy staff are also available by appointment.

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.

ESOL Programs Available at These Libraries