Homework Help for Grades K-8

Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. This is open to students in grades K-8. No registration is required. View the schedule and contact information for homework help in the participating branch libraries.

Read about our collaboration and the first Homework Help-SmartTALK training of the year in the Harvard Gazette article, “Harvard Helping the Helpers.”

In-person Homework Help

  • The Homework Help program for 2017-2018 has ended.
  • We are hiring mentors to work at select branches for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 school year. We are currently hiring for the Codman Square, Connolly, East Boston, Egleston Square, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Lower Mills, MattapanUphams Corner and West Roxbury branches only.
  • If you would like to apply for a mentor position please attend one of the drop-in interview sessions shown below.
    • Tuesday, August 21, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Central Library, Commonwealth Salon
    • Thursday, August 23, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Central Library, Commonwealth Salon
  • Read the mentor job description before applying. To be eligible to work as Homework Help Mentor, you must:
    • Be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, have a 3.0 or higher GPA
    • Enjoy working with children
    • Be able to work 3:30-5:30 p.m. after school at least 2 days per week, September through May
    • Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply
    • Fill out a job application and contact Angela Veizaga to schedule an interview.
  • For more information about homework help or to schedule an interview, email Angela Veizaga aveizaga@bpl.org or call 617.859.2198.
  • Current mentors, please sign in and out of work here.

Boston Teacher's Union tutors

  • BTU teachers are available to help students K-12 with homework for free on select weekdays from 4-6 p.m. during the school year. The program runs September 26, 2016 through May 22, 2017. 

Online Homework Help

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.