Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00
Friday: 9:00 to 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00
Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00*

*Closed Sundays followed by a holiday Monday

Click here for closure dates

ESL Programs and Services


Programs and Events: Winter 2017

The Library has a full slate of programs and events for all ages. Click here to see what's coming up this winter.

Canadiana 101

Welcome to Canada! Find out what you need to know about our vast country in a series of classes for ESL newcomers with LINC 4 English and up. The instructor is Helen Fitch, a retired history teacher, who has presented Citizenship classes for the last five years.

Classes are held twice each week from 10:00 – 11:30 am
in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier Branch. 

Wednesday, January 11:  Introduction to Canadian Geography
Thursday, January 12:  Bilingualism and Faces of Multiculturalism
Wednesday, January 18:  Charter of Rights
Thursday, January 19:  Statutory Holidays
Wednesday, January 25:  Social Insurance Numbers
Thursday, January 26: Guest speakers
Wednesday, February 1:  Three Levels of Government (part 1)
Thursday, February 2:  Three Levels of Government (part 2)
Wednesday, February 8:  Canadian Slang and Symbols
Thursday, February 9:  Review of Lessons

To register, please email Janice at jwilliams@coqlibrary.ca. You will receive a reply email on Monday, January 9.

Space is limited, and priority will be given to participants who can come to all 10 sessions. If you attend all 10, you will receive a certificate of participation!

New to BC?

newtobc1Newcomers should visit NewToBC.ca to learn more about the services and programs public libraries offer recent immigrants.

Syrian Refugee Information

Our Syrian Refugee Information page has links to information for sponsors, information on how to help, the latest news, and more.


Library Champions Book Club

For adults learning English, who read at an intermediate ESL level and up. Book is chosen the month before the book club meeting. Opportunity to meet others and discuss books in a friendly setting. Members meet on the first or second Wednesday of each month from 7:15 - 8:30 pm at the City Centre branch.

 For more information contact Janice at 604-554-7337 or jwilliams@coqlibrary.ca

ESL Book Club

Newcomers and intermediate ESL readers are invited to join the ESL Book Club, which meets on Thursdays once every month from 10:00 – 11:15 am at the Poirier Branch.

The Book Club is led by English-speaking volunteers from Soroptimists International, an organization that works to educate and empower women and girls.

If you enjoy reading at your ESL level and meeting new people in a friendly group, drop in and try the ESL Book Club!

book club members meeting Next meeting dates:
January 19
February 16
March 16

Library Tours

CPL regularly gives library tours to LINC and ESL classes. To book a class tour, contact Janice Williams at 604-554-7337, or email jwilliams@coqlibrary.ca.


   Click here for our Citizenship Information Page  

Canadian Citizenship Cultural Access Pass

CAPPasstinyHave you recently received your Canadian citizenship? Coquitlam Public Library is a pickup location for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship Cultural Access Pass.  Find out more.

Learn English and other languages with Pronunciator
New Canadians can practice and learn English by using Pronunciator, a database with ESL courses for 50 languages. Courses include interactive movies, conversation and listening practice, quizzes and virtual coaching.
Or choose to learn one of 80 world languages. Try Pronunciator today!

Job Resource

Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an awesome ESL site for skilled immigrants looking for work.


Tutors for Adult Learners/ESL Adults

CPL has a small group of volunteer tutors who work with adults attending beginner level Foundations/ESL classes at Coquitlam Continuing Education. For more info, contact Janice Williams at 604-554-7337. 

Coquitlam Continuing Education has a list of tutors (fee-based, standard rates), phone: 604 936-4261

The Library does not keep a list of private tutors.

English and ESL Classes

Coquitlam Continuing Education offers a Foundations English Class, Level 3 at the City Centre branch. Registration is at Coquitlam Continuing Education. Please check www.ce43.com or call 604-936-4261 for information about registration requirements.

Coquitlam Continuing Education offers many levels of English and ESL classes, and only charges a small admin fee.  Phone 604-936-4261 for more information.

English Practice Groups

Looking for a friendly and fun place to practice your English, meet new friends and learn more about your local community? Join this FREE, drop-in program held at various locations across the Tri-Cities. There is no need to pre-register, simply go to a group that suits you. There is no scheduled start date. You can join at any time! Participants must be at least 19 years old.

English Practice Groups for January through March 2017


11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Friendship Manor
#114 - 1160 Johnson Street, Coquitlam
For intermediate and advanced learners of English
Maximum 25 people


10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friendship Manor
#114 - 1160 Johnson Street, Coquitlam
For beginner learners of English
Maximum 20 people
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex (Wilson Centre)
2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam

7:00 - 8:30 pm
Pinetree Community Centre
1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
For intermediate learners of English


12:30 - 2:00 pm
SHARE Mountain View Family Resource Centre
740 Smith Avenue, Coquitlam (at Robinson Street)
3:00 - 4:30 pm
SHARE Mountain View Family Resource Centre
740 Smith Avenue, Coquitlam (at Robinson Street)


10:30 - 12:00 pm
Terry Fox Library
2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam


9:30 - 11:00 am
Port Moody Public Library
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Go to the Help desk for the meeting room number
Maximum 25 people 


Section 1: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Go to the Help desk for the meeting room number
Maximum 25 people

Section 2: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Go to the Help desk for the meeting room number
Maximum 25 people

Please note that groups do not meet on public holidays.

For more information, please call SHARE, 604-936-3900. These groups are coordinated by Share Family and Community Services with support and in partnership with Coquitlam Public Library, Fraser Valley Regional Library (Terry Fox Branch), Port Moody Public LibraryPinetree Community Centre and Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex (Wilson Centre). 

Library Locations
Poirier Branch
575 Poirier Street
Coquitlam, BC
V3J 6A9

City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC
V3B 0Y1
604-554-READ (7323)