Multicultural services for public libraries
Multicultural services provides
- state-wide consultancy and advice on delivering library services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities to public and community libraries
- training for library staff on cross-cultural awareness and access and equity strategies.
For more information, contact Consultant Multicultural Services, Public Library Services
Networks and forums
Join the NSW Multicultural Bulk loans e-list
Marketing and promotion
The Multilingual Glossary database is a professionally generated signage tool designed for libraries. The glossary contains common library phrases in 49 languages. This tool facilitates communication between library staff and patrons from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
Promote your library to multicultural communities
The first version of the pamphlet is available in languages which are held in the State Library’s collection and includes information on how to borrow from the collections on interlibrary loan.
The second version is in languages which are not held in the State Library of NSW.
Banners are available for loan to public libraries in New South Wales. The use of this promotional material is not restricted by language and it can be used as an invitation to discover many of the interesting resources that you have in your collections.
Multicultural Purchasing Cooperative
The Cooperative locates and purchases materials in languages other than English (LOTE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) on behalf of New South Wales public libraries. It also coordinates the cataloguing and end processing of resources.
By purchasing your library’s LOTE and ESL collections through the Cooperative, you will benefit from discounts due to bulk purchasing.
The Co-op is run by the State Library on behalf of NSW public libraries and is free of administrative charges.
Contact Shauna Miller, Coordinator Multicultural Purchasing Cooperative on (02) 9272 1540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about:
- how to become a member;
- cataloguing standards;
- selection profile for LOTE material;
- Directory of LOTE Suppliers.
Multicultural bulk loans service
The State Library of NSW holds collections in more than 40 community languages. These collections are loaned free of charge to the people of NSW through the public library network.
View the State Library's Lending Policy
Requesting a multicultural bulk loans
To request a Multicultural bulk loans fill in a bulk loan request form.
The Myloans service is for libraries to:
see up-to-date information on Library items on loan to your library
access the Myloans catalogue which has special features for libraries
check which items are overdue or billed
check for unpaid fines and billed items (that is, lost or overdue).
For more information about Multicultural bulk loans contact:
Multicultural Bulk loans
phone:02 9273 1544