Multicultural services for public libraries

The State Library provides a range of services and resources to assist public libraries with multicultural services to their culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. 

50th anniversary

The State Library has provided books in community languages to the people of NSW since 1974.

This year we are celebrating 50 years of this important and popular service. NSW public libraries can join us in celebrating this milestone.

50 years written in different languages


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Multicultural bulk loans

The State Library has collections of books in 43 community languages, which can be borrowed by public libraries on behalf of clients.

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Community languages directory

The community languages directory will help you locate community language materials held in NSW public libraries.

Go to directory

Tech Savvy Seniors

Tech Savvy Seniors is a partnership between the NSW Government and Telstra, providing free or low cost technology training to seniors through NSW public libraries. Training and information resources are offered in English and other languages.

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Professional development

  • Sign up to the Reference Excellence training program
  • Sign up to the PL Portal online training platform to access a range of short courses and mini modules.
  • Visit our YouTube channel to access webinars and training videos on a range of topics relating to public libraries.
  • Subscribe to an enewsletter to keep up-to-date.


  • Join the multicultural working group to connect with other library staff.
  • Subscribe to the multicultural email list to connect with other NSW public library staff who are interested in, or provide services and collections for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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Need assistance?

The Public Library Services team provides specialist advice and support to all local councils on delivering library services, including to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

Contact us