Library E-Resources

(from Boston Public Library) 

Massachusetts residents are eligible to use the Boston Public Library’s (BPL)online databases. You will need a BPL card to access these resources. If you do not already have a BPL e-card, you can register for one at:

Access BPL e-resources at:

Mango Languages

Online language-learning system that can help you learn almost 50 languages such as Spanish, French, Japanese,   Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. This resource requires you to create a free individual account.

Powerspeak Languages

Powerspeak offers online language learning that uses a variety of innovative learning methods. Offers Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and ESL for Spanish speakers.

Local Resources

English at Large

Provides free English language instruction to refugee and immigrant adults in Boston area communities. Organized by trained volunteers that deliver small-group instruction targeted to each learner’s goals.

Hudson-Maynard Adult Learning Center

Offers free literacy classes to adult learners including English Spoken with Other Languages (ESOL) and GED preparation.

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline

Provides referrals to 300+ adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. Includes information about basic reading, math, adult basic education, English language training, family literacy, GED preparation or testing sites. You can also call
1-800-447-8844 to speak with a live agent.

Middlesex Community College

Offers a variety of credit and non-credit courses throughout the year in most languages. Classes can be taken online or on-campus in Bedford and Lowell.

"To have another language is to possess a second soul."
                        -- Charlemagne








Web Resources

BBC Languages

Free audio & video lessons for speaking French, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, & more. Courses available in beginner & intermediate levels.


Excellent language learning site for beginners with units for 12 languages. Free login required.


Free service helping you learn languages with your friends while simultaneously contributing to translate real-world content from the Web. Also available as an app.

ESL Gold

Hundreds of lessons for speaking, role play/conversation topics, grammar, vocab, pronunciation, reading, writing, etc, & most lessons include audio. Also has links to other ESL web sites, & textbook recommendations. 


The largest pronunciation guide in the world with audio pronunciations in more than 200 languages.

Google Translator

Takes a block of text in one language and translates it into another language. Includes 50+ languages as well as a “hear it” and “see it used in context” features.

Language Learning Library

Comprehensive language learning portal offering highly relevant & useful resources to begin and master a foreign language.

Learn a Language

Find lessons, online flashcards, activities and games, to enhance language learning. Offers Chines, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Also offers English instruction for French and Spanish speakers.

Live Mocha

Users can register at LiveMocha, the world's largest online community for        language learners, for free lessons with a global community to help them learn a new language. Most content is free, but intermediate level coursework is not. 

USA Learns

A project of the U.S. Dept. of Education. Offers free instruction at beginning and intermediate levels in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a simple and      engaging format. Lessons focus on practical skills related to everyday life, family, health, and the workplace. There are classroom videos, story videos, news feature stories, and many interactive practice activities. 

In-Library Resources

All language books can be found in the Non-Fiction area in the 400s on the 2nd level. Additionally, there are a number of language learning Books on CD on the library’s first floor in the 400s section of Non-Fiction Audio CDs.

The Reference Collection also contains dictionaries for most foreign languages.

The library has a small Spanish fiction and non-fiction collection. This is located on the 2nd level.

If you need help in finding a certain title or language, please ask at the Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103.