Community language resources

Stanton Library provides a variety of multicultural resources in more than 20 languages. Materials are available to borrow as well as online.

Language resources

  • Borrow in your language

    We offer a rotating collection of community language books for loan, courtesy of the State Library of NSW and Shorelink Libraries.

    Available language collections include:

    • Chinese — 中文
    • Dutch — Nederlands
    • Finnish — Suomi
    • French — Français
    • German — Deutsch
    • Hungarian — Magyar
    • Italian — Italiano
    • Japanese — 日本語
    • Korean — 한국어
    • Persian — ‫فارسی
    • Polish — Polski
    • Portuguese — Português
    • Russian — Русский
    • Spanish — Español
    • Swedish — Svenska
    • Tamil — தமிழ்
    • Turkish — Türkçe
    • Ukrainian — Українська

    If you cannot find something in your language, we can try to source them for you. Just visit our library or contact us for help.

    You can also search the Community Language Directory from the State Library of NSW, which lists the community language resources held in all NSW public libraries.

  • Request books in your language

    Can’t find the language you are looking for?

    The library can arrange a bulk loan of books in other languages from the State Library of NSW. This is a free service for library members. Submit the form below to make your request.

    Request a multicultural bulk loan



  • Online multicultural services

    eBooks and eAudio


    Provides a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks in languages other than English. It offers fiction and non-fiction titles in Chinese, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

    To access Indyreads:

    1. Visit Indyreads website
    2. Click Log In
    3. Select Shorelink Library
    4. Enter your library membership number and password to log in

    Download the Indyreads app for your device through Apple App store or Google Play store to borrow and enjoy.


    A database of digital books in world languages for children to enjoy and learn from. The site offers 2000+ digital books in 50+ languages with English translations.



    Access digital magazines through Overdrive on your computer, or the Libby by Overdrive app on your smart device. The online collection includes magazine titles in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and many more.

    You can download the Libby by Overdrive app from the App Store or Google Play Store.


    Online streaming

    Stream movies and documentaries in many different languages with Beamafilm. Just sign up with your library membership number to get started.

  • Support for learning English

    In our library

    We have a special literacy collection with materials for those learning English as an additional language (EAL). 

    Borrow resources to support your study of:

    • IELTS
    • TOEFL
    • TESOL
    • ESL/EFL
    • Occupational English Test Books
    • Graded readers from beginners to advanced levels


    Search literacy resources in our library catalogue


    Online courses

    Your library membership gives you access to online resources, which can help you prepare for your IELTS exam.

    Road to IELTS Academic

    The Academic module is for those who want to study or train in an English speaking university or higher and further education.

    Road to IELTS General Training

    The General Training module focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

  • Newspapers

    The library has newspapers in several community languages so you can keep up to date with news from around the world. You can't borrow newspapers, but you're welcome to read them while you're in the library.

  • Tech Savvy Seniors in community languages

    Visit the Tech Savvy Seniors YouTube channel for a range of online training videos in selected community languages. Videos cover topics such as smartphones, smartphone apps and Zoom. Videos are available in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin and Vietnamese.