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World Languages Collection

Did you know that GVPL offers books, music CDs and DVDs in 15 languages and newspapers and magazines in 10 languages? 8 out of 10 GVPL branches carry World Language materials including Central Branch, Nellie McClung, Bruce Hutchison, Emily Carr, Oak Bay, Juan de Fuca, Saanich Centennial and Esquimalt branches.

Most of our World Languages materials have been fully catalogued and can be searched in the catalogue. Holds can be placed on items for pickup at any GVPL branch and materials can be returned to any library location.

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For information on borrowing, loan periods and overdues, see Borrowing.


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中文 / Chinese

Adult and Children’s books in Chinese are available at these libraries:

Adult and Children’s music CDs in Chinese are available at Central Branch, Bruce Hutchison Branch and Nellie McClung Branch

These newspapers and magazines are available at the following libraries:

Nederlands / Dutch

Deutsch / German

日本語 / Japanese

한국어 / Korean

ਪੰਜਾਬੀ / Punjabi

Adult and Children’s books in Punjabi are available at these libraries:

These newspapers and magazines are available at the following libraries:

Español / Spanish

Adult and Children’s books in Spanish are available at these libraries:

Children’s music CDs in Spanish are available at Central Branch and Bruce Hutchison Branch

These newspapers and magazines are available at the following libraries:

Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese

हिन्दी / Hindi

Magyar / Hungarian

Italiano / Italian

Polski / Polish

Português / Portuguese

  • Adult and Children’s books in Portuguese are available at our Central Branch

Русский / Russian

Tagalog/Filipino

  • Adult and Children’s books in Tagalog are available at our Central Branch

Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese