The Seattle Public Library

Your Account | Print-Friendly

February 14, 2016

Library Collection

Articles & Research : Citizenship, ESL & Literacy

Header Image

Library Locator

Map of Library Locations


Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Citizenship, ESL & Literacy


Selecting these links may open a new window in your browser.


Article & Database Help





USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service)

USCIS is the federal agency that administers citizenship and immigration services for the United States.  Here are some links to useful areas of their website:



ESL and Literacy



LearningExpress Library

Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for career advancement, and more.

Mango Languages

Online language learning for over 60 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 18 languages.

Transparent Language Online

Online language learning with speech, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary for over 80 languages. Includes English as a Second Language.



Service Providers



King County Adult Literacy Consortium

A group of community and technical colleges, community based organizations, and libraries in King County that help adults gain the skills they need to support their families and earn livable wages. 

King County Library System - ESL Learners

The King County Library System's resources for learners, including ESL classes, Talk Times, and citizenship classes around King County.

Literacy Council of Seattle
Offers private tutoring for adults seeking to improve English or basic skills.  LCS also offers classes at locations throughout Seattle.

Literacy Source

Provides learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy, citizenship, and basic life skills. Literacy Source is based in Fremont but offers programs in southwest Seattle, Tukwila, and SeaTac.

Seattle Colleges

Seattle Central College, North Seattle College, South Seattle College, and Seattle Vocational Institute offer Adult Basic Education, ESL, and pre-college level classes.

Seattle Goodwill

Offers work readiness classes, workshops, and labs focused on helping adults develop and refresh their skills on a number of subjects that are highly valued in today's workplace. Subjects include English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL), math, computer skills, and more.

St. James Immigrant Assistance

Provides free English instruction and citizenship assistance to low-income adult refugees and immigrants in Seattle and King County.


Library resource - may require a Library card and PIN.

Web site

Available only in Library locations

Ask a Librarian