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Free English Classes at HPL

In partnership with LiteracyNJ, Hoboken Public Library hosts free, in-person English Classes.

Beginner ESL: Thursdays @ Main Library
January – June

Intermediate ESL: Tuesdays @ Main Library
January – June

English Conversation Class: Thursdays @ Grand Street Branch
January – June

English Conversation Class: Thursdays @ Main Library
January – June

Winter ESL classes are currently FULL. There is a waitlist for future classes. Potential students wishing to be added to the waitlist may reach out to Rosa Canete, Literacy Specialist, by email (rcanete@literacy.org). Please be advised that there may be a delay in response due to high volume of inquiries.


Free Computer Classes

Join Computers4People at the Library every Wednesday from 3-4 PM for a free computer skills class! We will cover the basics with a different topic each week. Bring your Windows 10 computer, or use our provided laptops.

No need to sign up, just show up! Questions? Email outreach@hoboken.bccls.org

Find more information here.

Free Technology Help

Drop in for one-on-one technology help at the Grand Street Branch! Bring your own device or use one of ours. No appointment required.

Help is available Mondays and Thursdays 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM in the Library Branch (2nd floor).

If you have any questions about this service, please call (201) 420-2346 x5101.

PLUS! Your Hoboken Public Library card grants you access to free, online, self-paced learning opportunities through Niche Academy. Here you can view simple step-by-step videos for:


American Sign Language (ASL) Classes for All Ages!

ASL for Beginners is an interactive and immersive class for anyone age 13+ who wants to learn American Sign Language! Learn the fundamental principles of grammar & syntax, a basic vocabulary, & the conventions of conversational discourse in the Deaf community!

At the end of this 6-week virtual course, students will have:

  • acquired a basic vocabulary in ASL;
  • developed a knowledge of fundamental grammatical principles of ASL;
  • developed visual perceptual skills critical to producing and understanding a visual language;
  • developed comfort with the physical aspects of ASL (e.g., facial expressions, body movement);
  • developed introductory skills in using ASL in common conversational situations; and
  • learned basic features of American Deaf community and Deaf culture

Students should register weekly to receive the Zoom link to join class led by instructor Thyson Halley of Deaf Advocacy Group.

For helpful information on community resources, services, books, and videos to aid the Deaf and hard of hearing, please click here for a helpful guide from the Hoboken Public Library.

For language preference, please click “Select Languages” in the top right hand corner.

Para preferencia de idioma, haga clic en “Select Languages” en la esquina superior derecha.

Free Learning Tools/Apps

We have a wealth of online resources that can help with research and studying as well as
downloadable books, audiobooks,  streaming videos and music, and so much more

Need a Library Card? Just click here to fill out the online application, and we will take it from there.

Try these free eLearning and Job Search resources:

eLearning HelpNow
On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning, for ALL ages.

JobNow
Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance

One of the easiest ways to learn another language


You Can Make a Difference!

LiteracyNJ is always looking for volunteer tutors. You can help adults learn English, earn their High School Diploma/GED, or become a U.S. citizen! Tutor trainings are held online. For more information, please contact tsamuelsiegel[at]literacynj.org or fill out a volunteer application.


How can we help you?

Please complete our brief survey to let us know what types of classes and learning opportunities you are interested in!

If you share your contact information with us, we will be in touch to let you know about the ongoing or upcoming programs, classes, services, and resources for your chosen topic(s). We look forward to hearing from you!

Updated 1/10/24 — AB

All Hoboken Public Library locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.
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