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Adult Literacy

(En español) 

The Adult Education Center at Central Library is currently open:

  • Tuesdays: 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10 AM - 1 PM
  • Thursdays: 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Fridays: 10 AM - 1 PM 

Phone and Email Support for Anything Tutor and Learner-related 

We're always here to help facilitate your literacy tutoring and learning. From advice on lesson planning for remote sessions, to goal-setting, to staying motivated while not meeting one-to-one, we're here to help. We are available Tuesday - Saturday to answer any of your questions. Please do not hesitate to call us at 805-564-5619 (English), 805-962-7653 (press 3 for Spanish), or email us at

Online Access to Resources 

Many great literacy materials for learners and tutors are available online: including the weekly News For You language learning newspaper, Mango Languages, and other downloadable resources accessible with your library card. We can also direct you to useful tutor and learner resources available online. 

Literacy Resources by Mail 

If you're a registered tutor or learner looking for print resources in our collection, let us know what you need and we'll mail them to you. 

New Learner Intake Interviews by Phone 

Are you ready to improve your English or prepare for the GED or U.S. Citizenship exams? Of course we can't wait to meet you in-person, but getting you signed-up by phone is the next best thing! Give us a call - interviews usually take 30-45 minutes.

Career Online High School 

Always dreamed of completing your high school diploma?  Apply now to be considered for a scholarship from SBPL for our Career Online High School program. It's all online, flexible, accessible 24/7, and FREE! 

Call for Online Tutors! 

Want to work with your learner or tutor online but are unsure how to get set up? Give us a call and we can help you! Find yourself with extra time to tutor? We'll match you with someone who can use your help, virtually! 

Online Volunteer Adult Literacy New Tutor Training

Interested in helping to strengthen our community by working with an adult learner to improve their English reading, writing, and conversation skills? Soon, you can train with us online at a time that works for you. More details to come. 

Virtual Tutor Forums

A great opportunity for Volunteer Literacy Tutors to meet with colleagues and discuss challenges faced and best practices learned. Let's tap into our collective experience as tutors and improve our approach to helping learners reach their goals! 



The Santa Barbara Public Library System’s Adult Literacy Program provides free tutoring to English-speaking adults and adults learning English. The program helps learners reach personal goals and gain the literacy skills they need as community members, workers, family members, and lifelong learners

Tutoring for Adults

Become a better reader! If you or someone you know would like to learn to read, write, or spell better, call the Santa Barbara Public Library Adult Literacy Program at 805-564-5619 (English). A trained tutor will provide confidential one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing and spelling skills.

Adults are eligible for literacy tutoring if they:

  • Are 16 or older;
  • Are able to hold a conversation, such as an intake interview, in English;
  • Are not enrolled in a degree program; and
  • Are able to work with a tutor 2 or 3 hours per week.

Participating in the Adult Literacy program, you will:

  • Get free and confidential tutoring in reading, writing and spelling;
  • Work one-on-one with a tutor; and
  • Meet at a time and place convenient for both of you.

If you think you might be interested in being tutored or know someone who might benefit from this service, please contact us at  805-564-5619 and leave a message with your name, address, and telephone number and an indication of the most convenient time to call you.

Become an Adult Literacy Volunteer!

Make a difference in someone’s life by joining the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program. The program trains volunteer tutors to help adult learners improve reading, writing and spelling skills. There are a few requirements. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Read and speak English proficiently;
  • Complete an 8-hour workshop; and
  • Have 2 to 4 hours per week to devote to the program.

Tutors and learners meet once or twice a week at a place and time convenient for both. The tutoring may take place in any public location such as a library branch, coffee shop, a senior center, community center, etc.

Literacy Conversation Groups

  • Join us every Wednesday from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM for our Virtual English Conversation Group! All English language learners are welcome, and it's FREE!
  • For information and to register, please contact us by phone at 805-564-5619 or email us at
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