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English Language Program

Manhattan Public Library

Mission Statement:

Our mission for the Library is to create and maintain an environment in which the people of the community can readily share resources, which are the cultural, educational, and recreational expressions of society.

What can I do there?

The library offers books, videos (for fun and study), cassette tapes and compact discs that you can borrow for free. You can also study there without distractions. There is a computer lab, which you can use for free. In the computer lab there are several programs that can help you improve your English skills.

How can I check out (take home) items?

Go to the library and bring a photo I.D., such as your student I.D. or passport, and an item with your name and local address on it. Items that you can bring to show your address are: piece of mail, letter of admission, checkbook, housing letter, etc. The library will give you a library card. When you want to check out items, you will need to show them your card. If you lose your card, tell the library and then get a new card. The new card will cost $1.

What kinds of programs does the computer lab have?

The computer lab has word processing programs, Internet access, and several programs that can help you improve your English. A couple of the programs are Rosetta Stone and Powerprep for TOEFL.

What is Rosetta Stone?

The Rosetta Stone teaches new languages the way we all learned our native languages, without memorization, translation or grammar drills. It employs the voices of native speakers and thousands of real-life photographs in using the natural approach to language learning.

What is Powerprep for TOEFL?

Powerprep helps you prepare and study for the TOEFL test. It has: two times computer-based tests with authentic TOEFL questions, actual tutorials you will see at the test, three essay topics for writing practice, sample essays written by actual TOEFL test takers, and a score range is provided at the end of each test.

What are the hours the library is open?

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

The computer lab has staff that can help on Fridays, from 2pm - 5:30pm and on Saturdays, from 9am - 12:30pm. You do not need to reserve a computer

How do I get to the library and what are the hours it is open?

To get to the library, follow the map below. From the ELP, go to Anderson Ave and go east towards Aggieville. Anderson Ave will change into Bluemont Ave at Manhattan Ave. Stay on Bluemont Ave. Go 5 blocks and the turn right onto Juliette Ave. Go 7 blocks and go across Poyntz Ave. The library will be on your left.