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BC Libraries Described in 29 Languages

Read about libraries in BC in 29 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 29 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 available in the 29 most commonly spoken languages by newcomer immigrants and refugees 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 29 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 BC public library, you can:

  • borrow books, magazines, movies and music in English and many other languages; some libraries lend activity kids, telescopes, video games and other interesting things
  • read newspapers and magazines in print and digital formats
  • use computers, WIFI and copiers
  • join programs and take classes online or in-person
  • use online resources, electronic books (ebooks) and audiobooks
  • visit the library to relax, meet friends, read, study or work

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.

Will someone help me at the library?

Public library staff will help you find what you need in the library and out in the community. 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 in-person and online including:

  • settlement support
  • ESL conversation, computer other classes
  • workshops about job search and resume writing
  • story times for babies and children
  • fun programs and reading clubs for teenagers

Programs at libraries are a great way to meet new people and connect with your community.

How do I use the library?

Anyone can visit a library and use library resources! If you want to borrow materials, you need a library card. Library cards are free! To get a library card, go to a library in your city or town. Bring photo identification and proof of current address. Children don’t need photo identification.