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World Languages Collection

GVPL offers books, music CDs and DVDs in 15 languages and newspapers and magazines in 10 languages. Eight out of ten branches carry World Language materials. 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. Check out our World Languages Collection for more information.


Adult World Language Books are available at the following branches:

Bruce Hutchison: Chinese, Punjabi and Spanish

Central: Chinese, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese

Emily Carr: Chinese, Hindi and Punjabi

Nellie McClung: Chinese and Japanese

Saanich Centennial: Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi and Spanish


Children’s World Language Books are available at the following branches:

Bruce Hutchison: Chinese, Punjabi and Spanish

Central: Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog

Emily Carr: Chinese

Esquimalt: Spanish

Juan de Fuca: Chinese and Spanish

Nellie McClung: Chinese and Japanese

Oak Bay: Chinese and Spanish

Saanich Centennial: Chinese, Punjabi and Spanish

* Children’s bilingual books are available in the bilingual sections at all 11 branches.


Adult World Language Music CDs are available at the following branches:

Bruce Hutchison: Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Central: Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Nellie McClung: Chinese, Japanese and Korean


Children’s World Language Music CDs are available at the following branches:

Bruce Hutchison: Chinese and Spanish

Central: Chinese, Japanese and Spanish

Juan de Fuca: Spanish

Nellie McClung: Chinese and Japanese

* World Language DVDs are mixed with English DVDs and shelved at English DVD sections at all ten branches.