Our Services

English Language Learning and Adult Basic Literacy

Saratoga Springs Public Library Literacy Services offers adults help with learning English as a new language, as well as Adult Basic Literacy: reading and writing skills for fluent English speakers. We offer one-to-one tutoring as well as English Language Classes.

Happy group of students and mentors.

SSPL English Language Learning classes are free. Three different class levels focus on developing English language vocabulary, fluency, and reading skills in a group setting. Trained volunteer teachers seek to help students feel comfortable and confident in using English in their daily lives.

All incoming students are asked to

  1. Schedule an English Language level assessment before the first class
  2. Register online for a class at the appropriate level


student with books

ELL Classes are located in the Glasby Room on the ground floor of the library, down the hall from the Children's Room. Across from the Glasby Room is a small collection of materials available for learners to check out. Found there are easy-to-read fiction and non-fiction books, ELL materials, picture dictionaries, and citizenship information and more.

Class Times:

Note: Classes are held in the Glasby Room unless otherwise noted on our Events Calendar
Beginner Class
Mondays, 10:00am to 11:30am
Intermediate Class
Fridays, 10:00am to 11:30am
Advanced Class
Wednesdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm


If you have any interest in volunteering, either contact our Literacy Librarian (contact information is below), or fill out and return a volunteer application form.

Additional Information:

Contact the Literacy Librarian with further questions about reading and writing, English learning, or tutoring. The librarian may be reached at (518) 584-7860, ext. 259, or via email.

Classes may be cancelled for various reasons. Always check for cancellations and up-to-date class times on the Events Calendar.