Multicultural loans

multicultural books.jpgWe offer bulk loans of 10-30 books at a time (depending on availability) in 42 community languages, for a period of three months.

This is a free service supported by the State Library of New South Wales.


Community languages 

Books are available in the following languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croation, 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.


What's in a box?

Each language collection has adult fiction and non-fiction books across a range of genres and subjects. Children's books are also available, including board books, picture books, chapter books, non-fiction and bilingual books in selected languages.

Audiobooks and large print books are available in some languages (contact the library for more information).

We try to select books you'll enjoy, so please let us know what you'd like when you make your request.


English as a Second Language (ESL) collection

You can also request a bulk loan from the State LIbrary's ESL collection. This collection is designed to support the independent learning of English, with a focus on beginner and intermediate level ESL resources in both book and audio format. The collection has a large number of readers, bilingual dictionaries, industry specific resources and English for specific language speakers.