Language Learning

The library has a variety of helpful learning resources for English speakers who want to learn another language, as well as materials helpful to non-native English speakers who want to improve their English skills. Materials come in several formats, and are designed for a range of ages.

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online” is a web-based language-learning system that is available free to library users as one of the library’s subscription databases. It features study material for over 80 languages, as well as resources aimed at English-as-a-second-language users. Use it in the library, or from home through the library web site. Library card number and PIN are required for home access. You will also need to set up your own account within Transparent Language Online.

Audio and Video

Language learning materials include audiovisual formats–Spoken Compact Discs and Digital Video Discs. Among these is the popular “Pimsleur Language Program“, available for many of the in-demand languages in spoken compact disc format.

Online Options

  • Homework Rescue Online Tutoring
    Free, real-time foreign language help from teacher tutors is available through this library service. Use it at the library or from home through the library web site. Library card number and PIN are required for home access.
  • Informé (and Informé Espanol Interface)
    Informé is another subscription database available through the library. Informé is a large collection of Hispanic magazines, covering a variety of topic areas–business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects–all in Spanish. Thousands of periodical titles are included along with extensive indexing. Access Informé in the library on library computer stations, or from home through the library web site. Library card number and PIN are required for home access.
  • OneClickdigital Downloadable eAudiobooks
    OneClickdigital includes access to downloadable “Pimsleur Language Program” eAudiobooks.  Library card number and PIN are required for access.

Library materials in non-English languages

Most of the language materials purchased or accessible through the library are instructional in nature–that is, they are designed to teach how to speak, read, or write a language. General fiction and nonfiction titles in languages other than English are limited. Foreign language material in the collection is predominately in Spanish, and with the exception of the Informé database (see above), is in hard copy and written for juveniles.  To identify titles in the collection, search the online catalog under “Spanish Language Materials”.

For more information, and for assistance with identifying resources and materials, please check with the Public Services Desk,  651-275-4338, or email