Project Read

Project Read is the adult literacy program of the San Francisco Public Library. Trained volunteer tutors provide free one-on-one tutoring to English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills.

A Project Read learner-tutor pair

In San Francisco, it is estimated that 80,000 adults--one in every five--have some difficulty with basic reading and writing. Since 1983, Project Read has provided free one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and ongoing instructional support to English-speaking adults who seek to improve their basic literacy skills.

Project Read recruits learners and volunteer tutors while also raising awareness of literacy issues. Project Read is located at The Bridge at Main Literacy and Learning Center on the 5th floor of the Main Library. 

Learner and Tutor Services

  • Free one-on-one tutoring

  • Professional training for tutors

  • Instructional resources for tutors and learners

  • Ongoing evaluation and instructional support

  • Referrals to other educational programs

  • Two dedicated computers with phonics software for learner use

  • Skills-based workshops for learners

Learner Objectives

  • Improve basic skills to pass the GED exam or High School Equivalency test.

  • Enroll in higher education classes

  • Obtain jobs or earn promotions

  • Access public library and other community resources

  • Participate in the election process

  • Fulfill personal goals that enhance their lives at home, at work, and in the community

  • Increase self-esteem

  • Develop skills and strategies to help their children succeed in school

Sign Up for Project Read

Main Library - 5th Floor
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, 94102