Back to School at the Library

As students across the city return to school this month, the Los Angeles Public Library is especially abuzz with learning. The fresh start of a new school year is a great reminder of the range of ways the Library fosters lifelong learning year-round–and not just for children and teens. Here are a few of the free educational resources available to adults.

Adult Literacy
Through one-on-one tutoring, self-directed and online practice, and group classes at literacy centers in 21 neighborhood libraries, Adult Literacy Services helps adults improve their English reading and writing proficiency.


Career Online High School
Offering adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online.


From helping adults download eBooks to their tablets or complete online job applications, Cybernauts provide library patrons with personal computer assistance and training.


Live Homework Help
Ensuring that students of all ages have access to high quality academic support, this free online tutoring service provides one-on-one assistance with math, science, social studies, English, and Spanish.

We READ Together
At the Central Library and all 72 neighborhood branches, children’s librarians teach parents and caregivers proactive ways of reading to children to build critical pre-literacy skills in preschool children.


Health Matters
From helping people enroll in health insurance, to hypertension screenings, Alzheimer’s and obesity education courses, and more, Health Matters improves the wellbeing of Angelenos through education and literacy, outreach, and connection to preventative and early intervention services.


Full STEAM Ahead
Full STEAM Ahead is an integrated science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) program that champions the development of personal traits and work habits that are essential to a productive lifestyle, as well as crucial for successful STEM careers.


Today’s top writers, thinkers, and performers gather at the Central Library for conversations, readings, and performances so Angelenos can listen, learn, and exchange ideas.


Learn more about these resources for adult learners at and

Top Photo Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection. “Union High School bus with Baldwin Park students on the way to school” from the Herald-Examiner Collection.


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