Cambridge Public Library

Filed Under: Education
449 Broadway
Cambridge, ma 02138
Phone: 617-349-4040

COVID-19 update: Not offering any in-building services or programs at this time. They are doing curbside pick up of library books and materials, and offering programs and ESOL classes virtually via Zoom. The best place to look for the latest up-to-date information about what’s happening at the library is on their website.

Along with offering access to books, the Cambridge Public Library holds over 100 programs each month, including services focused on literacy, ESOL, computer classes, and tax assistance. Programs include:

The Literacy Project: Literacy and ESOL

The Literacy Project offers free classes in English conversation, job hunting/resume writing, and computer basics (Word, internet and email). There are four levels of classes:

  • Low Beginner: For students who have no experience with English and want to learn the basics. Will include greetings, introductions, money, telling time, transportation, and health.
  • High Beginner: For students who already have some basic speaking ability. Will include present, past and future verb tenses and vocabulary building activities.
  • Intermediate: For students with good conversational skills who wish to increase vocabulary and improve spoken grammar. Will include reading texts and higher level grammar concepts.
  • Advanced: For students who are strong in spoken English and want to fine-tune their skills. Will include debates, group discussions, presentations, and complex grammar concepts.

For the most current schedule, please check the Calendar of Events.

Computer Classes: The Library offers computer classes at the Main Library throughout the year. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required but classes do generally fill on the first night with waiting lists being created afterwards.

Tax Assistance: This program is available to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers. Space is limited. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come first-served basis on the day of the program when the Main Library opens.

To get your taxes done you MUST bring:

  • Your social security card or other government issued ID showing your social security number (a W-2 is not sufficient)
  • Government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Social security cards for all dependents (and spouse if filling a joint return)
  • Any tax forms you have received (W-2, 1099-HC, etc.)


Service hours

COVID-19 update: Phone hours are Mon-Wed 1:00pm - 7:30pm & Thurs-Sat 10:00am-4:30pm
See website for other location hours.

Other Locations

Boudreau Branch: 245 Concord Ave. 02138
Central Square Branch: 45 Pearl St.
Collins Branch: 64 Aberdeen Ave. 02138
O’Neill Branch: 70 Rindge Ave. 02140
O’Connel Branch: 48 Sixth St. 02141
Valente Branch(previously closed for renovations): 826 Cambridge St. 02141


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated November 2, 2020


Agency information may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact individual agencies to double-check their information.