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Literacy Collection

The Cambridge Public Library is committed to promoting literacy. For those for whom English is not a native language, we offer free ESOL classes as well as materials to borrow at several locations – the most significant being The Literacy Center at the Central Square Branch.

At the Main Library, we have begun an ongoing process of expanding and renewing our literacy collections. We have recently added many new titles in a variety of formats, including print and audio-visual sets. This collection will assist those who are learning English or who are looking to improve their reading skills. Please stop by to browse our exciting new offerings. Staff are happy to help you; please ask at the Question and Answer Desk if you have any questions.