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