Toronto Public Library Support for ESL Students

October 9, 2020 | Laura

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Teens new to Canada or learning English as a second language can get help from the library. We have books and movies in 40 different languages that you can borrow. We understand that it is hard to learn a new language and we are here to help!

We hope the tips below make settling in Canada and learning English a little easier.

Library information in your language

Teen browsing in the library
You can find books in your language at the library.

Get a library card

To borrow books and movies from the Toronto Public Library you will first need to get a free library card. You can borrow physical items by going to any library branch to browse, or by placing a hold on an item online and then going to pick it up at a library near you. 

Get a library card

Find a library branch

Learn about holds

You can also borrow digital items from the library, such as ebooks, movies or music. You can read or view them on your phone, computer or ebook reader. 

Learn about ebooks and online content


Get books and movies in your language

The library has books, ebooks, movies and music in 40 languages so you can stay connected with your home language.

You can visit a library where items in your language are held.

Find language collection locations

You can also browse our books, ebooks, movies and music online. Download or stream digital items.  Pick up physical items at a library branch near you by placing a hold.

Find material in your language

Books and ebooks for teens in French | Français

Books, ebooks and videos in Chinese | 简化字 | 繁體字


Get ESL books

We have books to help students learn English. You can borrow ESL work books with lessons on grammar or vocabulary and practice tests. We also have ESL readers that are story books with simplified English to practice reading. 

Find ESL work books

Find ESL readers

You can also borrow ebooks to practice reading.

Find easy to read ebooks for teens

Find ebooks with audio for teens


Use our online ESL tools

We have online tools that offer lessons, videos, practice tests and courses to help you learn English. They are available for all levels, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced learner. 

You will need a library card to use them. Some of the tools will ask you to create an account in order to save your work.

Here are our three best tools for ESL students.

Mango Languages

The Mango Languages online tool teaches many different languages and it has courses for students learning English.

One of the best things about Mango Languages is that it has courses that teach you English using your mother tongue. You can choose from 21 languages to take the ESL course in, which makes it great for beginners. The courses are interactive and have topics like culture, grammar and vocabulary.

Go to Mango Languages

Road to IELTS

The Road to IELTS online tool has activities and practice tests with answers for learning English and to prepare for The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

The General Training is perfect for teens because it focuses on basic skills. The Academic Training is better for older students looking to apply to college or university. Both have reading, listening, speaking and writing courses.

Go to Road to IELTS - General Training

Go to Road to IELTS - Academic Training


The Tensebuster online tool has many lessons and practice tests to improve your grammar. It is for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. The lessons are interactive, with the option to listen along and keep track of your progress.

Go to Tensebuster

The library has many online tools to learn English or do research and help you with homework.

Find more ESL online tools 

Find databases and online tools for students


Visit Toronto Public Library for teens

The library has books for teens and space for teens to relax, read or do homework. Our staff at the library can help you find books and answer your questions. You are welcome at the library!

Find out about the library for teens


We wish you all the best, and hope to see you soon at the library!