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.

In ProLiteracy's Fall 2019 Notebook, our program was featured in an article entitled Helping Beginning-Level English Language Learners Prep for Citizenship (PDF), which begins on page 8.

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Updated October 5, 2021