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Fall Semester Registration: July & August.

Spring Semester Registration: December & January.

The Adult Literacy Program offers four education tracks to achieve your goals:

English Language Acquisition (ESL)

Civics and Citizenship (USCIS)

Adult Basic Literacy (ABE)

High School Equivalency (GED)

Here at the Adult Literacy Program, our students are always at the heart of what we do on Skype here in downtown Jersey City. With a passionate team of trained instructors and staff, every course comes with full support through Skype chat, Skype video call, or Skype meeting sessions. To join our community as a learner or instructor, download Skype today. After you create your free account and login on your Skype App, speak to a representative at this link to get you started:

Adult Literacy Program
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 547-4518
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30 to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed


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New Students

Please see the Technological Requirements for Students here:
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New Students
Our main registration periods include: Fall semester registration from July to August and Spring semester registration from December to January.
The complete, detailed process can be found here:

Please note: You are required to check your email and Skype app on your computer or your phone.

If you are having trouble with registration, you can contact us at 201.547.4518 or or through Skype at this link: between the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. We are closed on Saturdays.

English Language Acquisition (ELA) is our program for adult, non-native speakers who want to improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Citizenship classes are for green card holders who want to become US citizens and need extra help to prepare for their US citizenship test and interview. (Requires a good English test score).
Adult basic literacy classes are for native English speakers who need to improve their ability to read.
High School Equivalency (HSE) classes are for adults who need to obtain a high school diploma.

Student resources can be found by clicking here.

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Please see our PDF of Tutor Technology Requirements here:
New Tutor Registration
Registration begins by completing one form.
The full process can be found here: New Tutor Registration Process
Please contact us at if you have any other questions.
To provide one-on-one and small group literacy instruction to adult learners who want to improve their lives.
Adult learners will improve their literacy skills and obtain high school diplomas, obtain better jobs, or become United States citizens.
We believe that an individual’s literacy is critical to the enjoyment and protection of political, economic, and social freedoms, which support our democratic society.
The Jersey City Literacy Program is a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302. The Jersey City Free Public Library was incorporated in 1889. The Jersey City Literacy Program was founded in 1986 by the Board of Trustees for the purpose of providing basic literacy instruction to individuals who had little to no literacy skills. Literacy trainers provide training to volunteers who express an interest in helping adults improve their lives.
The Adult Literacy Program is fueled by the collective communication and enthusiasm of our students, instructors, and staff in our Skype community.

By improving their English and basic literacy education, our students will be able to obtain jobs and apply to community colleges or technical programs that would lead to greater opportunities since we focus on the practical application of skills in the real world.

The Jersey City Free Public Library Adult Literacy Program is an award-winning affiliate of LiteracyNJ and an accredited member of ProLiteracy, which provides meaningful instruction to adult learners. It is regarded highly by program leaders in the adult literacy network in New Jersey because of our outstanding service to students for 30+ years. Our instruction is on par with the local community college. Our volunteer instructors and staff are well trained and they care deeply about our learners. We do not offer simple language classes. We provide high-quality instruction that enables adult learners to function in society. We are very proud of the services we offer and the achievements our students have achieved over the years.

If you have any questions or are interested in enrolling, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Skype –
Email –
Office – 201.547.4518

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Thank you for supporting the Jersey City Library Literacy Program with your donation!
Donate by clicking here.

Tax-deductible contributions may be made in accordance with Sections 170(c)(1) and 170(c)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as Section 10(c)(2)(B).
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Frequently Asked Questions

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