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Educational Resources



These are FREE, online learning resources, available to anyone with an LAPL library card and Internet access. Most will require the student to create a login so that they can keep track of their progress as they go.


  • online courses, on a variety of topics, from business to technology skills
  • includes GED readiness courses
  • six weeks long, new courses every month, approximately 24 hours of coursework
  • instructors available to answer questions
  • discussion boards for interacting with other students
  • email address required

Learning Express

  • self-paced and self-guided online learning resources
  • topics available for all ages, including citizenship, job searching, and college readiness
  • available in a variety of formats, including practice tests, exercises, skill building courses, and ebooks
  • some resources are available in Spanish
  • email address is not required

    Note: at this time, there are no GED-specific resources

Testing & Education Resource Center

  • self-paced and self-guided online learning resources
  • variety of topics for high school students and older, including citizenship, test preparation (including GED resources in English and Spanish), scholarship search, and many career resources, including an online resume builder
  • formats include practice tests and ebooks
  • email address is not required

Universal Class

  • self-paced and self-guided online courses
  • students have 6 months to complete the course
  • hundreds of topics available, from hobbies to computer skills, parenting to writing, citizenship to test preparation (including GED readiness classes)
  • discussion boards available to chat with other students, along with quizzes to test your knowledge as you go
  • instructors available to answer questions
  • Continuing Education credits are available
  • email address required

Live Online Homework Help Center

  • online tutors are available on demand every day from 3 to 10 p.m. for one-to-one help with homework, skills building and test prep
  • professionally trained and experienced tutors will help students in Kindergarten through 12th grades, and adult learners, with math, science, English and social studies
  • student and tutor communicate in a virtual classroom with chat and two-way white boards
  • can be accessed from LAPL Internet Access computers, or, with your LAPL library card, from your own computer
  • also offers help for Spanish speaking students in the subjects of math, science, and social science.

For more information on any of the above resources, please call (213) 228-7272



GED Library Materials

LAPL carries many materials to help you prepare for the GED test. You can find these on the shelf in the section with call numbers 370-373, or ask a staff member to help you.

GED Testing Service

The GED testing website has many resources to help you prepare for the GED, including:

  • Free, online computer tutorials to help you feel comfortable with the test format
  • MyGED - personalized, online program to walk students through the GED process, including study materials
  • GED Ready – the official, online practice test
    • Not full-length, but will give you a good idea of what will be on the test and how you will perform
    • Available in Spanish
    • $4
  • GED Marketplace - online store to purchase up-to-date and approved test preparation materials
  • Locate locations that provide GED preparation near you

GED Preparation Locations

Here are some places in Los Angeles that provide GED assistance and test preparation, usually for a fee. You can contact them to learn more about the schedules and costs for GED classes and tutoring.

Los Angeles Unified School District - Division of Adult and Career Education

  • With locations throughout Los Angeles, LAUSD’s DACE provides GED preparation and test-taking skills courses.
  • Click on the link above to find a campus near you, or call (888) 730-3276.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

  • LA Trade Tech offers various college readiness programs through their AcademicConnections programs.
  • Click on the link above to learn more, or call (213) 763-3754.
  • Located at: 400 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, 90015

For more information on any of the above resources, please call (213) 228-7272



Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program

Work one on one with an adult tutor to improve your reading and literacy skills. Tutors meet with students in any branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This service is free. They meet twice a week for 1 to 1½ hours at a time for a minimum of six months.

The library’s Adult Literacy Program also has a component for adults with limited English skills. Students use books and videos to help them achieve English literacy skills and can attend conversation classes to practice their language skills. There is no time limit for this program, and our staff provides assistance as needed.

For more information on the Adult Literacy Program, please call (213) 228-7037

The Los Angeles Public Library also provides access to the following FREE, web-based language learning tools. All you need is your library card and Internet access.

Mango Languages

  • self-paced language instruction courses
  • 17 English courses for non-English speakers, 61 foreign languages
  • traditional teaching method based on rote memorization and repetition
  • great for new immigrants who would like to learn basic English skills or a casual language learner, particularly travelers to a foreign country
  • email address is not required, but is necessary if you would like to track your progress
  • mobile app available for iPhone and Android smartphones

Powerspeak Languages

  • self-paced language instruction courses
  • 2 English courses for Spanish and Mandarin Chinese speakers, 8 foreign languages
  • gradual immersion teaching method, with interactive features and game-like exercises
  • great for new immigrants who would like to learn basic English skills or more serious language learners who would like to learn grammar, conjugation, and punctuation
  • email address is not required, but is necessary if you would like to track your progress



Computer Skills & Free Email Resources Guide

  • a list of free computer skills websites and resources
  • information about creating a free email address

Job Hunting and Money Guides

  • a list of free resources to help you find a job or manage your money
  • includes links to job and career resources at the library

Jobs, Career & Resume Builders

  • information about potential careers and resume builders
  • a list of free job search sites, particularly in the Los Angeles area


  • free online courses from major universities
  • intended primarily for over 18 year-olds, and no one under 13
  • courses cover a wide range of subject areas (Biology, Computers, Finance, Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.) and vary in length
  • register for a personal user account to use the site, email address required


  • a variety of free, online classes, mostly in computer and other sciences, from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley
  • course length varies from six weeks to six months
  • students spend 10 to 20 hours each week on courses
  • register for an account to use the site, email address required

Khan Academy

  • over 3,100 educational videos on everything from math, science, and finance to economics, humanities, and test preparation
  • talks & interviews on hundreds of subjects
  • learn at your own pace
  • no email address or registration required, but can help to track progress

Oli (Open Learning Initiative)

  • 20 (and growing!) free online courses, including French, anatomy, psychology, biology, chemistry and statistics from the Carnegie-Mellon University
  • self-paced study
  • includes practice activities, self-assessments and graded exercises
  • no email address or registration required, but can help to track progress


  • online technology courses, mostly in computer science and mathematics
  • instructors include professors from University of Virginia, Rutgers and Stanford, as well as experts from Google
  • free coursework is available, but there is an additional charge to take advantage of advanced features, like instructor feedback and in-class projects


  • hundreds of online classes from serious academic topics to hobbies and recreation
  • some classes are free, but most are available for a fee