The DC Public Library offers free American Sign Language (ASL) classes at multiple locations, including virtual options. Registration is not required, and all skill levels are welcome. If you are interested, please view our curriculum for our Beginner Classes and Intermediate Classes.
For classes organized by the Center for Accessibility, you can find the most up-to-date schedule of ASL Classes here, as well as on the library’s online calendar. If you wish to be updated on all events, including ASL Classes, you can sign up for the Center for Accessibility's monthly newsletter.
For classes organized by the Francis R. Gregory library, which are in-person, please visit their page for the latest class times. If you have any questions about those classes please reach out to them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-698-6373.
Whether you're a novice taking one of our classes or is fluent in ASL, here are some resources that will come in handy for anyone interested in learning about American Sign Language.
- Here are a list of books available at DCPL.
- Visit DCPL's Mango Languages, an interactive online resource to supplement your learning. It does require a library card, which you can sign up for right here if you don't already have one.
If you need help accessing the link, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Center for Accessibility through email at DCPLaccess@dc.gov or call 202-727-2142.
DC Public Library provides ASL interpreters only for DCPL-sponsored programs. If you need an interpreter for a non-library program, contact the Center for Accessibility for a list of interpreting agencies. To request ASL interpretation for a library program, please fill out this form at least one (1) week in advance so we may coordinate services. If assistance is needed, please reach out at 202-559-5368 (voice or videophone) or via email at DCPLaccess@dc.gov.
Select Library locations also have remote ASL interpretation available through the Language Line app. This is ideal for shorter interactions with Library staff. Learn more by going to our Assistive Technology Support page.
More Services Provided by The Center For Accessibility
Part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS).
Service to mail library material to those who cannot physically visit a DCPL location due to disability or illness.