Community languages

Reading in your language

The City of Sydney local area has one of the most diverse populations in Australia. People who live here come from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds.

Almost half of our residents were born overseas and about 30% speak a language other than English. After English, the most common language spoken at home is Chinese, followed by Thai, Indonesian, Spanish and Korean.

Our library network has collections in these languages:

  • Chinese | 中文
  • Indonesian | Bahasa Indonesia
  • Japanese | 日本語
  • Korean | 한국어
  • Russian | Pусский
  • Thai | ไทย
  • Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt

Plus a selection of magazines in Italian and Spanish are also available.

You will also find extensive online collections as well. Dragonsource is a Chinese language database 龙源电子期刊 with over 2,000 titles.

Press Reader gives library members access to over 3,000 local, regional and international newspapers and magazines from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages.

If we don’t have books in your language, we can request them from another library anywhere in Australia. There are collections in more than 40 different languages around the country.

Learning a new language

Our community language collections have resources for people learning new languages, including a wide range of books as well as CDs, and language kits in more than 30 different languages.

We have resources available to help people learning English too.

Search the catalogue for language kits to borrow.

Learn a language online with Mango Languages.

Find collections in your language

Customs House Library

  • Chinese newspapers
  • Fijian newspapers
  • French newspapers
  • German newspapers
  • Italian magazines
  • Italian newspapers
  • Japanese books
  • Japanese DVDs and CDs
  • Korean books
  • Korean newspapers
  • Korean DVDs and CDs
  • Spanish newspapers

Green Square Library

  • Chinese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs

Haymarket Library

  • Chinese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs
  • Indonesian books
  • Indonesian DVDs and CDs
  • Thai books
  • Thai DVDs and CDs
  • Vietnamese books
  • Vietnamese newspapers
  • Vietnamese DVDs and CDs

Surry Hills Library

  • Chinese newspapers
  • Russian books
  • Russian newspapers
  • Russian DVDs and CDs
  • Spanish newspapers

Ultimo Library

  • Chinese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs

Waterloo Library

  • Chinese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs
  • Russian books
  • Russian newspapers
  • Russian DVDs and CDs
  • Vietnamese newspapers

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Last updated: Friday, 7 September 2018