Multicultural services and community languages

Multicultural services and community languages
Multiculural people
The library holds a range of community language materials. This includes books, magazines, DVDs, videos and music CDs. Multicultural Services Community Languages canterbury bankstown The library holds a range of community language materials. This includes books, magazines, DVDs, videos and music CDs. Library Services

​​Multiculural people

 

Our nine Canterbury-Bankstown Libraries offer you a range of Multicultural Services. We have books, newspapers, magazines and DVDs in community languages, plus English classes and additional information on learning English.

Our Community Languages Team can be contacted at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre 9707 9708.

Our Canterbury-Bankstown Languages Collections

These language collections are shelved separately from the English language collection and include adult fiction and non-fiction (factual information), junior fiction and non-fiction and picture books.​

Each library has a slightly different collection and some specialise in particular languages. You can also check our library catalogue, call us or ask a librarian where to find the language you are looking for.

Each language has its own identification prefix on the spine of the item (book, video, DVD, etc.). Fiction book labels also have the first four letters of the author's surname and non-fiction books have a  number that helps identify them. Children's books are marked with a 'J'.

  • ARA – Arabic  
  • BEN - Bengali 
  • CHI – Chinese
  • GRE – Greek   
  • KOR – Korean
  • VIE - Vietnamese

Borrowing Books in Other Languages

We can borrow books for you in your own language from the State Library of NSW. Please ask at your local library for more information. This is a free service.

Learning English at your Library

Our libraries offer materials to help you learn English at various levels, from beginner to more experienced, including reading, writing and comprehension books and kits, as well as English Learner Readers with audio CD.

IELTS books and Occupational English Test books are available to borrow at selected libraries.

You can search for these materials on our library catalogue and reserve them to be sent to you at your nearest library.

Online Resources for Learning English

You can access these online resources with your library membership card number:

Other Online Materials:

DragonSource 龙源电子期刊杂

Electronic magazines in Chinese with more than 2,000 popular magazines and journals in full text (e.g. Zhongguo xin wen zhou kan, Shang jie, Shou hou).

Our Community Languages Team can be contacted at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre 9707 9708.