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Collections and services for multicultural communities

The State Library and public libraries deliver services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities across NSW.

Mari-Paz Ovidi using the Readit Air in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room

At The Library

ReadIt Air

ReadIt Air is an automatic reader that enables instant access to printed documents by converting them to large print and text-to-speech output in 20 languages. It works by automatically scanning a document and identifying the language.  Documents are then captured and read back in a natural voice in just 2-3 seconds.  

Documents can be imported or exported as a PDF, Word file, email or MP3 file and can be read directly in Readit.  

You can use ReadIt Air on two dedicated computers in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

On-screen keyboards

All computers throughout the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room have on-screen keyboards that are available in Arabic and simplified Chinese.

Use our online feedback form to request an on-screen keyboard in your language.


For NSW residents with a Library card, a range of multicultural eresources are available online and in your language.

Your Public Library

The State Library of NSW has collections in over 40 community languages, including: 

  • adult fiction, across a range of genres including romance, mystery and thrillers, adventure stories and popular fiction;
  • adult non-fiction such as cookery, health information, history, religion, sports and much more;
  • children's resources such as picture books, nursery rhymes, bilingual books and sound recordings;
  • large print and audiobooks in some languages are also available.

These collections are available for loan through your local NSW Public Library.