United Way

Location: Main Library, First Floor
Phone: (201) 547 - 4518
Fax: (201) 435-5746
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Executive Director:
Program Coordinator: Darnelle Richardson

Monday: 9:00am -5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Upcoming Literacy Events:

Literacy Classes for Adults


Literacy Tutor Training Workshop

Welcome to the Jersey City Library Literacy Program! We provide literacy instruction for Hudson County residents aged eighteen and older. Our students range from non-readers to fifth grade level readers. Some speak English, others speak none; some are learning basic arithmetic and others are getting ready to attend GED classes. We offer tutoring in Basic Literacy (BL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship Preparation, and Math. Reading Horizons, a computerized phonics program based on the Orton-Gillingham method, is available for BL and ESL students at the Main Library and a few branches.



Help in Reading and Writing Be A Tutor
English as a Second Language (ESL) Be An Administrative Volunteer

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Becoming a Tutor

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! You will find your experience here both fulfilling and rewarding. To become a tutor, join our Tutor Training Workshop offered three times a year ($40 fee for materials applies).

Contact us! We will save your information and e-mail you the dates and times of our next workshop as soon as they are scheduled.

Our tutors’ educational backgrounds range from high school diplomas to advanced university degrees. They meet with their student for at least two hours each week and determine the location and time of their meeting, whether mornings, evenings, or Saturdays, according to their convenience.

Tutors in our program are free to lead other classes or workshops such as Book Clubs, Movie Clubs, Career Awareness, Financial Literacy, Writing & Spelling, etc. You will receive a final tutor certification after providing 50 hours of instruction in our program.

We hope to see you in our next workshop!


Becoming an Administrative Volunteer

An Administrative Volunteer helps in the office doing Intakes (interviewing and completing paper work for new students), updating the student calendar, designing brochures for special programs, contacting community organizations, promoting the Literacy Program, and doing general office work. They come two or three times a week, once a week, or even once a month.

To become a volunteer contact us expressing your interest in our program. If you have an updated resume, please attach it. We will find tasks fitting to your abilities and experience.



Hello! Are you having a hard time reading and writing? Do you need support in English, Math or getting ready for citizenship? Looking for help is a great start!

To become a student:

  • Call 201-547-4518 to get an appointment
  • Bring the documents listed below:

U.S. Citizens

  • Proof of Address
  • Social Security Card
  • U.S. Passport or Certificate of Naturalization
  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver's License or State issued I.D.
  • Proof of Income (Disability, Family First, Unemployment, Retired Benefits, Income Tax, Three Recent Pay Stubs)

Non -U.S. Citizens

  • Proof of Address
  • Social Security Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Passport with Resident Stamp
  • Driver's License or State issued I.D.
  • Proof of Income (Disability, Family First, Unemployment, Retired Benefits, Income Tax, Three Recent Pay Stubs)
  • Pay the $20 Application Fee and the $30 Semester Fee


Help in Reading and Writing


English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our ESL classes are small, dynamic, and conversational.  Join us to enter the English World!



Our citizenship classes will prepare you for the interview through civics education and mock interviews. They are geared for intermediate to advanced speakers of English.



Refine your math skills by studying under our talented and friendly volunteer tutors. Whether you need help in basic arithmetic or advanced algebra, this is the place for you!



For federal gift tax purposes, tax-deductible contributions may be made by virtue of Sections 170 (c)(1) and 170 (c)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Jersey City Library Literacy Program is also covered under Section 10 (c)(2)(B)

News and Press Releases:

Jersey City Library Literacy Program Shines at LVA’s Literacy for Life Conference


Goldman Sach Community TeamWorks - ALLIES Research Project (2015)

Jersey City Library Literacy Program Hosted Special Workshop - ALLIES Research Project (2015)


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