Adult Literacy


About the Literacy Center

The Literacy Center offers literacy programs to adults at no charge. Classes are taught by trained volunteers and involve one-to-one or small group instructions for adults looking to improve reading, writing, math and study skills. We also offer help with getting your high school diploma (GED and Career Online High School), the citizenship exam, and English as a second language (ESL).


GED / High School Diploma Resources

Mesa County Libraries offers two paths to success:  Career Online High School and the GED Program.  Please contact the Literacy Center to find out more about each option.

Career Online High School

  • With this option, you must:
    • Have access to a computer
    • Successfully complete a self-assessment, prerequisite course, and in-person interview to enroll
  • You will:
    • Achieve an accredited high school diploma and career certification in one of eight fields
    • Have an academic coach available to assist you via phone and email
    • Enjoy completing the online coursework at your own pace within the 18 months allotted to fulfill graduation requirements

GED Program

  • With this option, you must:
    • Be able to commit to six hours of in-class coursework per week (two three-hour sessions)
    • Complete an entry and exit assessment
  • You will:
    • Achieve the skills to pass the GED subject tests (one per semester)
    • Work with a teacher and your peers in an in-class setting
    • Enjoy a structured program schedule with a specific start and end date

Please note that every COHS and GED program applicant is required to:

  • Have a library card to access the programs for no additional charge
  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of Mesa County

Additional GED / High School Diploma Resources


Language Learning

Mango Languages

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Apps available for Apple and Android devices.

Rosetta Stone is available in the literacy computer lab at the Central Library or you can access from home with a library card.

Instructions:  English / Spanish


How Do I Get a Tutor?

Please call the Literacy Center at 970-683-2443 for more information.


How Do I Become a Volunteer Tutor?

Volunteer tutors are crucial to our students’ success, and are the backbone of our program. Work with adults one-on-one or in groups instructing reading, writing, citizenship preparation and conversation skills. To apply, please fill out an online volunteer application form or visit this page to print off a paper form and return it to the Literacy Center at the Central library.


For the Community

Representatives of The Literacy Center are happy to conduct presentations for your group on the problem of illiteracy in our community. We can provide statistics and facts about illiteracy and its impact on our world plus provide more information on our services.


Donate to the Literacy Center

The Literacy Center depends on grants and private donations to assist in providing free services to Mesa County residents. To support the efforts of The Literacy Center and make a difference in someone’s life, donations can be made directly to Mesa County Libraries. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Contact Information

General Contact:

Literacy Program: 970-683-2443

Community/Outreach Liason (habla Español): 970-683-2433

Head of Literacy Services: 970-683-2431


Citizenship Links

Learning Links

Tutor Resources