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.

Click here to see why every Thursday the New Haven Free Public Library is your Gateway to America!  

Click here for info on Naturalization Legal Clinic at Main Branch (Ives).

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

Click here for info about learning English @ Mitchell Library. 

Immigrant Job Club 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. In addition to a comprehensive collection of English language learning materials we offer ESOL conversation classes, and literacy databases such as Mango, Culture Grams and Lexia. We also have a literacy specialist available to address individual needs, conduct tours and network with community agencies working in this area.


Online Learning Tools

Mango LanguagesMango Languages: Designed to help you become conversationally proficient in a wide variety of the world’s most popular languages. Includes an audio feature so you can hear proper pronunciation of words. ESL courses in 12 languages  are also available. Download free apps for iPhone, iPod touch and Android and learn languages on the go!


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