Community Languages

- CALD Languages Man Reading Newspaper

Darebin Libraries proudly offer a range of Community Language materials at all of our branches!

The City of Darebin is home to people from over 153 countries who speak 148 different languages. Nearly one third of our residents were born overseas, and for close to half, both parents were born outside of Australia. 

The physical and digital collections of Community Language resources in our libraries are one of the ways we meet the needs of our diverse community and give everyone the opportunity to learn and grow. 

Community Languages in our branches

We have a range of Community Language CDs, DVDs, board books, magazines, talking books, fiction and nonfiction for children and adults at each branch in the following languages.

  • Arabic
  • Italian 
  • Chinese
  • Greek 
  • Vietnamese
  • Hindi (magazines & DVDs only)

Spanish books and magazines are now available! You can borrow popular fiction, including Spanish and South American authors and works in translation, non-fiction and children’s books in Spanish.  Magazines are also available in both physical and digital formats.

There are bilingual picture books in a range of languages at each branch, with a Somali children's book collection in Reservoir. 

Community Languages in our Digital Library:

  • PressReader has access to newspapers and magazines in over 60 languages 

  • Kanopy Film Streaming offers films and documentaries in a variety of community languages

  • Darebin Libraries members also have access to a range of free online learning tools to improve your English skills or learn another language

Are you interested in practicing your English speaking skills in a friendly, welcoming environment? Come along to our weekly Conversation Café - now online! To find out more, visit our Regular Events page.