Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library (CPL) system has numerous resources for ESL learners.

Get a Chicago Public Library card at your local branch library and check out books and movies (for free!), use the Internet (for free!), and participate in library programs (for free!).

To get a Chicago Public Library card, visit any branch and show them either:

A photo ID with your current address

Any photo ID, plus a document with your name and current address (such as a utility bill, personal check, voter registration card, or piece of mail postmarked in the last 30 days).

For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The branch of CPL closest to Truman College is the Bezazian Library, located at 1226 W Ainslie Street. From Truman, walk north on Broadway Avenue for about four blocks and then take a left (west) on Ainslie Street. The library will be one block down. The public librarians can help you to use the catalog, find books in the library, and order books from other libraries.

At the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago, there is an entire section devoted to materials for ESL learners! Visit the Language and Literature Department on the 7th floor of the library (400 South State Street) to find Easy Readers, ESL courses on DVD, CD, and cassette, and test preparation materials.

The CPL website has pages for both Adult New Readers and ESL Learners. Explore these sites to find books, music, movies, databases, and more resources especially targeted for your learning goals. These sites can give you information on literacy and GED classes and programs in the community, event information, and recommended materials. Especially helpful for practicing your English is the Mango Languages program. Click below to discover more from these sites: