Community Languages Collection

Blacktown City Council libraries offer extensive collections in 30 different languages. You can search the community languages collection by visiting the library catalogue.

We also have a special display, ‘Books from Everywhere’. This display is still being developed and it is celebrating the language diversity in our city. Currently we have books from 86 different countries and in 29 different languages. This will continue to grow.

 Amharic  Yes No  Yes
 Arabic  Yes Yes  Yes
 Bengali  Yes Yes  Yes
 Chinese  Yes Yes  Yes
 Croatian  Yes Yes  Yes
 Dinka  Yes No  No
 Dutch  No Yes  No
 Filipino  Yes Yes  Yes
 French  No Yes  No
 German  No Yes  No
 Gujarati  Yes Yes  Yes
 Hindi  Yes Yes  Yes
 Hungarian  No Yes  No
 Italian  Yes Yes  Yes
 Korean  Yes Yes  Yes
Nepalese  Yes No  No
 Persian  Yes No  Yes
 Polish  Yes Yes  Yes
 Punjabi  Yes Yes  Yes
 Russian  Yes No  Yes
 Serbian  Yes Yes  Yes
 Sinhalese  Yes Yes  Yes
 Somali  Yes No  No
 Spanish  Yes Yes  Yes
 Swahili  Yes No  Yes
 Tamil  Yes Yes  Yes
 Turkish  Yes Yes  Yes
 Twi  Yes No  No
 Urdu  Yes Yes  Yes
 Vietnamese  Yes
Yes  Yes


Requesting additional community languages material

If you would like to borrow material in a language that is not included in our collection we may be able to order items from the State Library of NSW. The State Library supplies, on request, a box of randomly selected titles in the chosen language for three months. During that time you can borrow material from this selection to read at your leisure.

If you have any comments or feedback regarding this service, please email us

Children's books in community languages

Each collection of community language books includes a small amount of material for children. If you would like to find children's material about a specific culture, written in English, the Librarian - Children’s and Young People will be able to assist you.

African multimedia collection

This collection reflects the diverse African cultures, focus and content. DVDs in this collection are in both English and African languages. The collection includes a range of educational DVDs and CD-Roms from the Australian Government and non-government organisations.

Newspapers in community languages


PressReader provides access to 7,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world; from 120+ countries and I60+ languages.

You can access this in two ways:

  1. Simply connect to the public Wi-Fi at any Blacktown City Libraries

  2. Launch the PressReader app on your mobile device. Open an account using Blacktown City Libraries and your membership details and then you will be able to access PressReader anywhere and anytime for free.