Other language books

Other language books

Free service

A selection of books in languages the City of Sydney doesn't hold in its collections can be requested, free of charge, from other libraries across Sydney. The free service only applies to general requests. Specific titles can also be requested, however you will need to use the inter-library loan service and a fee will apply.

To use the free service you need to contact the library and tell us what language you require and what type of books you like to read, such as fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry, recipe books, children's books, and so on.

A selection of up to 25 books will be made for you from other libraries in Sydney. Delivery usually takes about 10 weeks. We will notify you when the books are ready to be collected.

The number of books from the selection that you can borrow at one time depends upon your membership type.

Quote your library card number when requesting the other language books service either in person at your nearest branch, or by phone or email.

02 9242 8555


In addition to magazine titles in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Thai, the City's library network also offers a selection of magazines in Italian and Spanish.


Visit the State Library of NSW website to find out about the language collections at other libraries in Sydney.

State Library of NSW

Last updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2012