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  • About Us

    The Hillsborough Literacy Council, Inc. (HLC) is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization committed to helping adults achieve basic reading and writing skills as well as English comprehension and communication skills.  The Hillsborough Literacy Council is governed by a Board of DirectorsIt is affiliated with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

    The Hillsborough Literacy Council began as a library program in 1986, and incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) in 1992.  The Library System provides meeting space in more than 20 libraries throughout Hillsborough County, as well as staff support and office space.


    Our students are motivated adults who live in HillsboroughCounty.  The Hillsborough Literacy Council provides Adult Basic Literacy tutoring to adults who read below a fifth grade level.  Students who need to learn to speak and understand English receive tutoring through our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program as well as conversation practice through our Conversation Corner groups. 

    To request a tutor, adults over the age of 18 may call our office at 813-273-3650 to register.


    Our tutors and English Practice volunteers are dedicated individuals who receive training, materials and ongoing support from the Hillsborough Literacy Council.  Most of our volunteers have no prior teaching or tutoring experience.  They are members of our community who are willing to commit their time and skills toward helping their fellow residents achieve functional literacy and learn English.


    Adults wishing to tutor students in our Adult Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs may visit our Become a Tutor page. 

    If you would like to organize a new English Practice at Conversation Corner or volunteer with an existing group please visit our Volunteer page.

    Donations to HLC directly fund student and tutor books and supplies, and our memberships in the Florida Literacy Coalition and Proliteracy.