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International Students Library Guide: Boston Public Library

Help for international student to navigate the physical and online environment at the University Libraries

Visit the Boston Public Library -- there are branch libraries near by!

map with local branches of Boston Public Libary


Resources for Learning English include

  • ESL Classes—The Boston Public Library offers ESL instruction in a traditional classroom environment. Classes range from beginner – for people with little or no experience with English – to high-intermediate. Classes are free; however, registration is required. For more information and to register please call 617-859-2446 or email
  • ESL Conversation Groups—Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker.

Looking for materials in your language?

Use the World Languages System to search for books, magazines and other materials--scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and select:


then  View all 

BPL Chinese Language Collection page