Special Collections

Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) Collections

The adult literacy collection is for adults learning to read and/or adults who are learning English as a Second Language (ESL). The Library has English language usage/workbooks, citizenship materials, easy readers geared specifically toward adult interests, how-to books and more.

This collection also has audiobooks packaged together with the print copies. Some audiobooks can be played at a slower speed for beginners, then at a faster speed when the student is more proficient.

The Rosetta Stone®, an interactive language learning program, is available for Library use only on designated computers.

  • Rosetta Stone Version 1: English (US) Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Rosetta Stone Version 3: English (US) Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Rosetta Stone Version 3: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1, 2 & 3

Subject guides for Adult Literacy and ESL highlight the Library's collections, how to search our catalog, local agencies and web resources.

We welcome your suggestions for authors and works that you would like added to the Adult Literacy/ESL collection.  Please submit a purchase request form or visit the Ask A Librarian page to let us know your ideas.

World Languages Collection

The World Languages Collection consists of books in more than 20 languages. Titles are available in many Asian and European languages, including (but not limited to):  Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

There are approximately 2,000 titles in the Library's World Languages collections for adults and youth.. The collection contains primarily fiction titles and strives to offer core literature classics, as well as popular works published in an author's native language and translations of popular English works.

Book selection reflects patron needs and interests and may be constrained by availability.  Disparity in the amount of materials for each language is influenced by the low volume of publishing in some languages and/or difficulty obtaining what is published. The collection is enhanced and complemented by bilingual materials, grammar and dictionaries (400's), foreign films, and audio-visual language instructional materials.

The Rosetta Stone®, an interactive language learning program, is available for Library use only on designated computers.

  • Rosetta Stone Version 1: English (US) Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Rosetta Stone Version 3: English (US) Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Rosetta Stone Version 3: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1, 2 & 3

The World Languages subject guide highlights the Library's collections, how to search the catalog, local agencies and web resources.

We welcome your suggestions for authors and works that you would like added to our World Languages collection.  Please submit a purchase request form or visit the Ask A Librarian page to let us know your ideas.

Page last modified May 3, 2012