Books in many languages at your local library

If you speak Chinese, Tagalog or another language other than English, there'll be something in the LOTE collection for you. State Library provides Languages other than English (LOTE) resources for more than 315,000 Queenslanders (36 %) who speak a language other than English. The collection has over 50,000 books and other items in more than 50 languages. LOTE also suits those who would like to learn a language.

Books in more than 50 languages available from your library

Books in more than 50 languages available from your library

 

Some languages have titles with parallel text for example, in Italian and English. You can access all of the resources by requesting a loan at any of the 340 public libraries in Queensland. Your local public library will arrange a selection of items from the languages available.

Each language has adult fiction, adult non-fiction, junior fiction and junior non-fiction. Some books are translations of popular English titles and some are in the language of origin. Some languages also include large print, DVDs, audio books and music CDs. LOTE DVDs are increasingly in demand. From a French farce to a Bollywood dance workout you can choose from a great range. Refer to the list of languages to find the formats available in your language. New titles are added all the time.

The most used languages are Chinese, German, Hindi, French, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, and Russian. Other popular languages include: Albanian, Burmese and Persian. Hmong is one of the languages added recently. Talk to your local library staff about what you’d like to borrow.

Adult literacy has books on improving English literacy and numeracy for LOTE speakers

Adult literacy has books on improving English literacy and numeracy for LOTE speakers

Job seekers can find titles such as Key Words for IELTS; Hotel and Hospitality English; English for Business and Customer Service. There are also books on writing resumes and job applications.

To borrow LOTE or Adult literacy contact your local public library.

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