Multicultural loans

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Please note 

The multicultural loan service has been temporarily suspended while the State Library is closed due to lock-down restrictions.

What's in a box? 

Borrow a box of up to 30 books in one of 42 community languages, for up to 3 months.

The collection includes:

  • adult books
  • children's books
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) books
  • audiobooks and large print books.

The State Library of NSW supports this free service.

Languages available

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Macedonian
  • Maltese
  • Nepalese
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sinhalese
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese.

 

English as a Second Language (ESL) books

You can also request a bulk loan from the NSW State Library's ESL collection.

The collection is designed to support the independent learning of English.

It includes beginner and intermediate level ESL resources in book and audio formats.

The collection includes a large number of:

  • reader books
  • bilingual dictionaries
  • industry specific resources
  • English for specific language speakers.

Genres and subjects

Choose from:

  • adult fiction books
  • non-fiction books
  • a range of genres and subjects
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) books
  • audiobooks and large print books
  • children's books:
    • board books
    • picture books
    • chapter books
    • non-fiction
    • bilingual. 

 

 

eBooks and audiobooks

Download community language eBooks and audiobooks instantly on indyreads.

Languages currently available: 

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
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    1. Go to Pressreader
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