English as a Second Language

ESL "Vacation" Break:

No ESL Classes from April 17-May 7
Classes will start again:
East Branch on Monday, May 8
Central Library on Tuesday, May 16
West Branch on Thursday, May 11

If you have any questions, please call or email:
Brigid Pigott
ESOL Coordinator
617.625.6600 x.2909


There are a number of resources for learning English as a second language (ESL) through the Somerville Public Library:

Classes are free, and registration is not required. There is no waiting list - just show up!

East Branch
115 Broadway
Session 1: Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Mondays 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Central Library
79 Highland
Session 1 and 2: Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.

West Branch
40 College Ave
Session 1: Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Thursdays 7:15-8:15 p.m.

  • A great collection of ESL materials including books, audiotapes, CDs, and videos on the following subjects: grammar, reading & writing, listening, pronunciation, citizenship, lifeskills, idioms, TOEFL and GED.
  • A "language lab" type database (Mango Languages) that you can use at home through your computer to learn and practice English
  • Lists of outside agencies in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston which also teach English as a second language, such as the YMCA of Greater Boston


Would you like to help out with teaching in our English-As-A-Second-Language program? If yes, please email our ESL coordinator.

Mango Languages
The Mango Languages database, available from the Library through your computer at home, has language training and practice for English for speakers of other languages
(Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian, Vietnamese, etc.) You will need to have a Somerville library card, and be a Somerville resident. Click on the picture above, then click on "Start Learning," then click on "English Courses" to see what this database offers. 

For LARGE LIST of programs by city, CLICK HERE to see or download.

Other ESL Programs in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston


Somerville Arts Council
Intercambio-Language Exchange
Maria Martinez


The New England School of English
Harvard Square
36 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Notre Dame Education Center
200 Old Colony Avenue
Boston, MA 02127
Manny Reynoso
617.268.1912 ex. 245

YMCA of Greater Boston
3 Center Plaza, Suite 901 (TC Level)
Boston, MA 02108

Centro Presente
12 Bennington Street, Suite 202
East Boston, MA 02128

For download of above list, CLICK HERE

(Updated 3/16/17, per BP)