Providing for a multicultural community

The City of Randwick is incredibly diverse, with migrants from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as communities with Chinese, Greek, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Italian and Russian speaking backgrounds. Randwick City Library provides many services and activities for people whose first language is other than English including:

 Community language collections

Randwick City Library holds collections of resources in a number of languages. These resources include books, magazines, ebooks and audio-visual material in a variety of community languages:

  • Arabic (magazines and DVDs only)
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Greek
  • Indonesian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources in other languages not held are also available by request from the State Library of NSW.

Community language newspapers are also available at our three libraries:

  • Arabic: El Telegraph
  • Chinese:
    • Sing Tao Daily (Xing dao ri bao)
    • Australian Chinese Daily (Aozhou xing bao)
    • Daily Chinese Herald (Aozhou ri bao) (Margaret Martin library only)
  • Russian: Arguments and facts (Argumenty i fakty)
  • Spanish: The Spanish Herald.

English Conversation classes

Randwick City Library provides English Conversation classes for people wishing to improve their English language skills. Classes are held weekly for all levels of English speakers, from beginner to intermediate and are a great way to meet new people and help you feel part of the community. For more information visit our English conversation classes page.

English language resources in the library

Randwick City Library has a separate collection for people who speak English as a second language who want to improve their writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.

The English literacy collection aims to assist all adult members of the community to achieve their desired competency in English by providing a wide range of learning material supporting language development. The collection consists of:

  • Books
  • Kits (combination of books and audio-visual material)
  • CD-ROMs
  • Graded abridged novels and workbooks

Language kits (books with audio-visual material) and fiction titles are divided in three levels:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

These books are often accompanied by CDs, so that learners can read and listen to a story at the same time. This helps to develop better listening and reading skills.

The collection is also useful for native English speakers who wish to improve their existing language skills and as resource material for English teachers. For more information, ask at the information desk of any of our three libraries or contact us.

Online resources to help learn English

Randwick City Library has a great selection of online resources for those looking to improve their English skills (including listening, reading, vocabulary, grammar and more) or ace the IELTS test. For more information, access our Online leaning page.

Literacy Book Club

The Literacy Book Club aims to further promote literacy among people from non-English speaking backgrounds through reading and discussing fiction titles from popular authors. This free book club meets every fortnight for 1.5 hours.

To join, you must:

  • Be a library member from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • Have basic English conversational skills
  • Love reading
  • Want to share your thoughts and ideas with a group of like-minded people.

To join, please fill out the Literacy Book Club form PDF, 726.3 KB.

Library tours and guides

Free library tours are offered to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The tour helps patrons from non-English speaking backgrounds understand the Library's services and resources to allow them to get the most out of their membership.

To register for a tour you can book directly, in person, or fill out the Library tour form PDF, 242.25 KB and return it to any of our three libraries.

Alternatively, you can download one of our Library Guides in your language:

Cyberwise in Chinese

These monthly tutoring sessions are for seniors with basic computer skills who speak Cantonese or Mandarin. For more information, including times and days, visit our Senior's computer classes page.

Children's activities in community languages

Randwick City Library holds activities for babies and toddlers in Spanish, Russian and Chinese. For more information, including times and days, visit our Babies & toddlers page.

A Migrant's Story

Randwick City Council's biennial A Migrant's Story project has been successful in providing an avenue for residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to share their stories with a wider audience. The main objective of the project is to strengthen cross-cultural awareness, promote harmony, respect, understanding and empathy within our community. Since the inauguration of the project in 2003, 5 publications and a DVD have been launched with over 125 migrants sharing their life experiences, highlighting the pain and joy of their migrant journey.

In 2014 A Migrant's Story: Mementos includes a video, publication PDF, 4932.5 KB and exhibition.

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