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BC Libraries Described in 26 Languages

Read about libraries in BC in 26 different languages

Libraries in countries around the world can be quite different. To help newcomers understand libraries in BC, NewToBC developed and translated this one-page description of BC libraries into 26 different languages.

To learn about what you can find, do, and learn at a library in BC, choose a language and click the green “Download” button. This one-page description is translated into the 26 most commonly spoken languages in BC. You can read it online or print and share it with family, friends, or other newcomers who may need this information! Below you will find the English version.

Access this information in 26 different languages. Select a language from the drop-down menu to download a PDF.


The Library Has What you Need. Public libraries are free for everyone to use. Find one and come for a visit.

What can I do at the library?

At the public library, you can:

  • find books, magazines, newspapers, movies, and music in English and other languages
  • read newspapers and magazines
  • use computers and free WIFI
  • borrow books and DVDs and other materials
  • join programs and take classes
  • use books, DVDs, CDs, and online resources

Are all libraries in BC the same?

Every public library is different. Some are very big and some are small. Some have reading rooms and coffee shops. Libraries open and close at different times. They have different rules too.

Will someone help me at the library?

Public library staff will help you find what you need. Some libraries have staff members who speak other languages.

Can I join events, classes and programs at the library?

Public libraries offer many different programs and classes including:

  • ESL conversation and computer classes
  • workshops about job searching and resume writing
  • story times for babies or children
  • fun programs and reading clubs for teenagers.