About Us

Our ESL Center is an award winning program providing volunteer tutors, tutoring space, study materials, computer-assisted instruction, citizenship classes, English classes, and referrals to adult immigrants in the Amherst area.


The ESL Center is the only town (rather than big city) library program named as a model in a special USCIS report Library Services for Immigrants: A Report on Current Practices (PDF).

Libraries for All, an initiative of the European Union, featured the Jones Library ESL Center as a model for civic integration efforts at community libraries. Our program was recognized under "best practices" on the European Union's Libraries for All website.

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Updated June 2, 2023