Multicultural services

Multicultural services

Auckland Libraries provides our multicultural population with books, resources and information related to their specific needs and interests.

We can provide special assistance to those for whom English is not a first language and many of our staff are multilingual and come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Throughout the year we offer many programmes for all age groups and celebrate significant days from different cultures.


Books and more

Our language collections consists of more than 30 languages. The level of collections of each of these languages varies from small core collections to large collections, with a wide variety of subjects. It contains adult fiction, non-fiction, junior fiction, non-fiction, music CDs, DVDs, magazines and access to online newspapers.



Throughout the year Auckland Libraries celebrates events that reflect the diversity and interest of our local communities, including:

  • Lunar New Year  
  • Pasifika  
  • Pacific language weeks
  • Diwali

These events bring together people from diverse cultures and provide opportunities for celebrating and showcasing the ethnic diversity of the city and build intercultural awareness among communities.


Online newspapers and magazines

We have a range of eResources relevant to our multicultural community. Read current and historical newspapers and magazines.

Dragonsource - read Chinese magazines online. Dragonsource provides hundreds of magazines and journals in full text published in Mainland China in both simplified and traditional Chinese characters.

NZ Chinese Journals - digitised New Zealand Chinese journals published between 1921 and 1972.

Knowledge Basket PINI (formerly Niustext) - read newspapers, magazines and other resources from the South Pacific.

PressReader - read the latest newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.


Migrant services and support for newcomers

We can help people who are newly arrived in New Zealand, or are non-English speaking members of the community gain access to the library and to library services and facilities.

For further help and support, try:

New Zealand Now - your guide to living and working in New Zealand.

CAB Language Connect - a free, confidential telephone interpreter service that provides information, advice and referrals in over 20 languages.



Related links

Chinese Digital Community - a wiki containing historical and contemporary information, articles, images, audio, video, documents and web links about New Zealand's Chinese community.

The Asian Network - a community organisation working to develop strong and healthy Asian communities in New Zealand.

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