Community Languages

While a large amount of our collection is English, part of our commitment to our community includes the development of our Community Languages (also known as Language Other Than English (LOTE) Collection.

Community Language items are collected and provided through public libraries to support literacy and learning for and about:

  • Our patrons whose first language is not English.
  • Our patrons with an interest in reading material in another language.
  • Western Australian Indigenous people.

List of current languages held in Adult collection

Afrikaans Japanese
Arabic Korean
Chinese Malay
Dutch Portuguese
Farsi Russian
French Swedish
German Tagalog
Greek  Thai
Indonesian Ukranian
Italian Vietnamese

List of current languages held in Junior collection

Arabic Macedonian
Chinese Malay
Czech Maltese
Dutch Maori
Farsi Polish
French Portuguese
German Russian
Greek  Spanish
Hebrew Swedish
Indonesian Tagalog
Italian Thai
Japanese Turkish
Karen Vietnamese
Korean Zulu

Community Language collection items are available for loan under the same terms as other items in the Library. You can also place an interlibrary loan request for titles available through the State Library of WA network. Please refer to this interlibrary loan guide for the step by step process. 

If you have any questions about these collections, please contact us. We welcome any suggestions from the public as to their needs and requirements for material in their preferred languages.

Albany Public Library members are also able to access Language Learning resources online like Mango Languages. This includes Libby, a library platform containing eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines in languages other than English.