Temporary Hours:
Toms River, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester branches will be open:
Monday through Thursday 10am – 8pm  |  Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm

Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor, Point Pleasant Borough, Stafford branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 5pm  |  Tuesday through Thursday 10am – 8pm  |  Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm

Long Beach Island, Upper Shores branches will be open:
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm  |  Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 8pm

Island Heights, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown, Bay Head, Whiting branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 8pm  |  Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 2pm

Beachwood Branch Now Offering Temporary Door-Side Only Pickup.
Hours of door-side services are:
Mondays: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Long Beach Island Branch is Closed for Cleaning until Monday, December 7th.

Free ESL Classes

St. Francis Center

The St. Francis Center of Brant Beach, Long Beach Island coordinates ESL classes for adult students at various locations throughout Ocean County. Other programs administered by the center include:

  • Adult Basic Education

  • Preparation for a High School Diploma (GED)

  • Workplace Readiness

Contact (609) 494-8861 ext. 185, or (732) 551-2270, for more information about ESL classes at the St. Francis Center.

Ocean County Library Branches

  • Lakewood Branch – Please contact (732) 363-1435 for class availability and hours.
  • Lacey Branch – Please contact (609) 693-8566 for class availability and hours.


Ocean County College

Ocean County College will provide free counseling and testing to assess the needs of students whose first language is not English.

Ocean County College
1 College Drive
P.O. Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 255-0400

Learn English Online – Free

The Ocean County Library offers free language classes.

You can learn English and other languages by using the following databases:

You will need a library card to use these resources. Free cards are easy to get! Visit your nearest library branch.

Free Practice Tests & Homework Help

Free grade level lessons in various subjects in addition to practice tests for GED and the U.S. Citizenship. Online tutor service is available.

Free lessons and practice tests for GED, HiSET, TASC and U.S. Citizenship. Lessons for building your reading, writing, grammar, math and speaking are available.

Take a practice ESL, GED, or U.S. Citizenship test online. There are many tests for you to practice online for free!

Free classes about writing in English including grammar, composition, and more. This resources also includes basic speaking and research skills.

Books, CDs, and More

ESL materials are available through the Ocean County Library system. Check your branch for availability. The Ocean County Library has books, compact disks, and videos you can borrow.

Hint: When using the library’s catalog, search under the subject heading “English language---self instruction or English language---study and teaching.”

Learn How to Read – Help is yours for Free!

Literacy New Jersey – Ocean County Programs
Volunteer tutors will help adults learn how to read and write at no cost to the student. Literacy New Jersey also provides assistance to the non-native speaker of English.
The Ocean County Chapter of Literacy New Jersey is located on the Ocean County College campus. Contact (732) 864-9646 for information.


Volunteer with Literacy New Jersey – Volunteers are always needed!

  • Volunteer tutors will be trained by Literacy New Jersey. Training materials are provided for the tutor by Literacy New Jersey in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL).

  • Volunteer tutors must be able to commit to tutoring for one year.

  • Volunteer tutors meet with their students in a public setting, such as a library.

  • A tutor does NOT need to know a foreign language and does NOT need a college degree.


If you have a question and can't find the answer, please contact us.