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All locations remain closed to the public. At the Main Library & Meadows Branch Library, outdoor book returns are open and hold carryout service by appointment is available. Learn about our reopening and other services.

Literacy Tutoring

BoulderReads trains volunteer literacy tutors to provide literacy instruction for adults.

Apply for a literacy tutor!

Adult learners: 

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Live or work in Boulder County
  • Hold less than a 2-year college degree
  • Read below a 9th grade level
  • Are comfortable speaking in English in person and on the phone
  • Have literacy goals that are personal, educational or work-related
  • Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months
  • Manage and schedule appointments with BoulderReads staff, volunteer tutors, etc.

Literacy Tutors:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • are comfortable reading and writing, speaking and listening in English
  • complete the BoulderReads tutor training
  • commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months
  • maintain regular contact with learners and BoulderReads staff
  • meet learners at library branches or another public locations
  • are proficient with email, basic software and web-based electronic resources.


  • Interviews adult learners to determine their goals and assess their literacy skills
  • Trains volunteer tutors in literacy acquisition and adult learning theory
  • Matches adult learners with trained tutors based on learners’ literacy goals and logistical factors such as location and schedule
  • Provides instructional support to learners and tutors as they work towards literacy-related goals
  • Provides learning spaces and technology resources to support literacy development
  • Makes referrals to other programs and organizations


For more information, call BoulderReads staff at 303-441-3139, or fill out our contact form.