Homework Assistance Program

Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. The Homework Assistance Program (HAP), previously called Homework Help, is open to students in grades K-8. No registration is required.

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Homework Assistance Program (HAP) Online

The Boston Public Library currently offers free online homework help and mentorship on Zoom provided by trained high-achieving high school students.

The Homework Assistance Program or HAP (formerly called Homework Help) is open to students in grades K-8 on a drop-in basis, no registration is required.

Schedule: Monday - Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. from September 21, 2020 - May 14, 2021. HAP is not offered during school holidays or vacations.

To join HAP, please click the link below and the librarian on the call will admit you in: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhap

Zoom Meetings can be accessed by computer, tablet, smartphone, or telephone.

  • To join by desktop or laptop: If you have the Zoom application on your computer, click the link you would like to join and select "Open zoom.us". If you want to stay in your web browser, select "start from your browser".
  • To join by tablet or smartphone: First download the "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" application to your device then click the link you would like to join above.
  • To call in by telephone: Dial (646) 558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID: 415 730 0216.

For more information about the Homework Assistance Program email Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

The Homework Assistance Program is made possible by generous donations to the BPL Fund. We would like to recognize and thank the following funders:

Ernst & Young
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Nasella
Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation 

Other Online Homework Help Resources

Boston Teachers Union Tutors

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is hosting the Homework Helpers program this year on Zoom. Current and former Boston Public School teachers on the call are available to offer homework assistance to students in grades K-8. The program starts on September 28, 2020 and runs throughout the school year until May 21, 2021. Homework Helpers is offered Monday-Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

You can join the Homework Helpers during the aforementioned days and times with this link.

Online help courtesy of the BPL

  • LearningExpress Library can help students from grade school through college improve their skills by taking practice tests, completing exercises, and reading eBooks. What's more, LearningExpress can help college-bound students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests.
  • Look for books, CDs, movies, and more in the BPL catalog.
  • Search for articles and use books online with our student electronic resources.

Other online help

Other sources for homework help and after school programs in Boston

  • BOSTONavigator - The place to search for out-of school time programming in Boston.
  • Boston Youth Zone - Find activities, opportunities, and other fun stuff for kids and teens, plus important information and resources for parents.

Homework Help Mentors

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