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Multicultural Services

The Ridgewood Public Library strives to meet the needs of patrons of all ages and cultural backgrounds by providing books, materials and programs in a wide variety of languages. 

World Language Collection

English as a Second Language

Special Programs

Ongoing Programs

Helpful Websites


See the Career Services page for more information.
Bergen One Stop Career Center:
T: 201-329-9600; E: paula.wills@dol.nj.gov
60 State Street, Hackensack, NJ  07601-5427

Bergen County Workforce Development Board: T: 201-343-8830

60 State Street, Room 200, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Passaic County Workforce Development Board: T: 973-340-3400                 
200 Memorial Drive, Paterson, NJ  07505

U.S. Citizenship: http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship

New Jersey Field Office: http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/new-jersey-newark-field-office


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/


Health Resources

Office of Minority Health: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/


Language Learning

BCCLS Subject Guides: http://www.bccls.org/digital_collections/web_subject_guides/language.shtml

DuoLingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

Google Translate: https://translate.google.com/ 


Test Taking

HiSet (High School Equivalency): http://hiset.ets.org/

Naturalization Test: http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test

TOEFL (English Language): http://www.ets.org/toefl


World Language Collection: Books, Periodicals & Media

• NEW! E-magazines available in Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Russian, and Spanish. Click here for more information.  

• World Language books, music & movies:

Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Daily Newspapers are available in Chinese & Korean.

• The BCCLS Library Catalog may be viewed in Korean, Russian, Spanish, and French.

Click here for tips on searching World Language Materials in the BCCLS catalog.​


• The Record and The Ridgewood News may be viewed in over 17 languages. 

**Record e-Edition
Read or listen to current or back issues, 1/1/2010 to present, in English and multiple languages.

**Ridgewood News e-Edition
Read or listen to current or back issues, 1/1/2010 to present, in English and multiple languages.

**Available at Ridgewood Public Library ONLY.


English as a Second Language

The Ridgewood Library offers ESL tutoring and conversation classes for adults and teens. For more information, please visit the ESL page or contact the ESL office at:
201-670-5600 x 133 or ESL@RidgewoodLibrary.org


ESL Program Coordinator:
Victoria Hilditch
(201) 670-5600, ext. 133

ESL Program Assistant Coordinator: 
Victoria Schnure
(201) 670-5600, ext. 141

Special Programs


The Ridgewood Library offers programs exploring different cultures. Keep checking this space to see them as they're announced.


Ongoing Programs

World Language Cafés

Brush up on your foreign language speaking skills. Space is limited, register online or call 201-670-5600 x 130.


Beginner Italian: Every week @12pm

Italian: Every week @1 pm
Kerri Wallace x 103

Spanish: Every week @4 pm 
Elias Rosner x 160


Beginner French: Every other @2pm

Advanced French: Every other @2 pm
Kerri Wallace x 103

German: Volunteers wanted!
Kerri Wallace x 103

World Cinema 

Screening of selected award-winning films from the all over the World monthly, followed by Librarian-led discussion. 


The Burial of Kojo (in Twi/English; 2018; NR; 1h20m), Wednesday, July 9

When a man's vengeful brother traps him in an illegal mine shaft, his daughter

embarks on a journey to rescue him.

World Language Storytime

Immerse your child in the languages, costume & customs of many lands. 


Contact the Children's department for more info: 201-670-5600 x 110

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday




Holiday Closings

9am - 9pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 5pm

1pm - 5pm

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